Quique made his debut on the Sevilla bench with a very important victory against Granada. Three points which calm the atmosphere of a disturbed club and which can serve as a revival after the dark period of Diego Alonso. A victory that puts Granada in a very delicate situation, a team without soul and, obviously, without a coach. The arrival of Cacique Medina resulted in one point out of nine possible. And especially in the expression of a Grenade who doesn’t know what she’s playing. Supporters left Los Cármenes in droves and left their team alone, at the mercy of a rival who won comfortably.
André Ferreira, Carlos Neva (Álvaro Fernández, min. 64), Raúl Torrente, Ricard Sánchez, Miquel, Gumbau, Puertas (Callejón, min. 78), Gonzalo Villar (Myrto Uzuni, min. 45), Sergio Ruiz (Njegos Petrovic, min. 64), Bryan Zaragoza and Lucas Boyé
Dmitrovic, Sergio Ramos, Gudelj, Kike Salas, Adrià Pedrosa, Juanlu Sanchez, Suso (Manu Bueno, min. 71), Óliver Torres, Boubakary Soumare (Marcao, min. 86), Lucas Ocampos (Rafa Mir, min. 71) and En-Nesyri (Januzaj, min. 81)
Goals 0-1 min. 22: Adria Pedrosa. 0-2 minutes. 32: Lucas Ocampos. 0-3 minutes. 48: Sergio Ramos.
Arbitrator Mateo Busquets Ferrer
Yellow cards Gumbau (min. 38), Raúl Torrente (min. 57) and Manu Bueno (min. 74)
Sevilla was resurrected by the hand of Quique, who logically ordered his players and to whom the stars smiled. Diego Alonso has not won in eight league matches and Quique did so on his debut in creditable fashion. This is how this absolutely inscrutable sport often works. Pedrosa (with the help of En-Nesyri), Ocampos and Sergio Ramos gave Sevilla a golden victory. Granada, for its part, falls into the Second Division.
Football undoubtedly belongs to footballers. A sunken team, which had not won in 10 games and which presented itself in Granada with 12 victims, found in Suso the light to emerge from the tunnel. A player from yesteryear, with a physique from another era, but with a lot of talent. To the rhythm of this left foot that the native of Cádiz shows so well, Sevilla breathed a sigh of relief in Granada after so much suffering. It helped that his rival was a real fool. A team that lacks a plan after the joyful proposal of Paco López has become a mess that no one understands at the hands of Cacique Medina. Granada, which previously attacked with some skill and courage, no longer attacks or defends.
Suso took advantage of all this to impose his break, a mastery of the game which manifested itself in a duel between two in need. In the end, as almost always, football usually wins.
Under Suso’s feet, Quique’s Sevillian team got off to a good start, with three central defenders and an eleven where Soumaré also stood out as an effective defensive midfielder. A team reworked by the new coach, who chose to play with two attackers and place Ocampos next to En-Nesyri. From the start, we saw that Seville was better established than a directionless Granada. Suso faked a pass to Ocampos and goalkeeper Ferreira was quick.
With the match a little more balanced, another great move from Suso and his opening on the wing for Pedrosa led to a happy game for Sevilla. The winger’s shot was poisoned after hitting Ricard and it is unclear whether En-Nesyri, in a legal position, managed to comb the ball. Luck smiled on Seville and condemned Granada.
Once they had assumed command of the match, Quique’s men dealt another significant blow. Torrente lost a ball going from behind, stolen by En-Nesyri, and gave it to Ocampos. The Argentinian shot from around 27 yards to score a superb goal, his second of the season. A wonderful bit that punished Granada’s innocence. We thought that with Medina, it would be a tough and defensive team. Really, it’s a small thing.
With the score at 0-2, the whistles sounded at Los Cármenes and there was also some reaction from the locals, led by Bryan Zaragoza who declined significantly in his performance after his transfer to Bayern Munich. Sergio Ramos saved a good attack from Puertas and Pedrosa, with his right leg, sent the ball into the top corner.
Any hint of a reaction to Granada was very quickly diluted. Suso, of course, took a free kick into the box with great quality. Sergio Ramos scored a good headed goal, helped by Ferreira’s short shot. The Granada goalkeeper is not in a good moment. Seville didn’t believe it. After suffering so much, they won 0-3 against a rival who was now breathing heavily, with a vital victory.
Granada still gave a few scares. It definitely wasn’t his day. Dmitrovic made a superb save against Puertas while shortly after VAR saved young Bueno. The midfielder attacks Boyé with force and Ferrer Busquets sends him off. The kid collapsed when he saw that he was being shown the red one. The video turned the action yellow. Quique allowed himself the luxury of giving minutes in the final stretch to players like Marcao, who he wants to recover, and took Ocampos, who has four yellow cards, off the field. This is how he reserved it for the duel against Atlético next Saturday. When Sevilla suffered the worst, Quique came to their rescue.