A few hours separate us from the final of the European League Championship, between Spain’s Sevilla and Italian Inter Milan, in the German city of Cologne.
Julen Lopetegui the coach of FC Sevilla, puts his eye on the title, to rehabilitate him after the many crises that followed him in his coaching career.
Lopetegui lived through several crises, which almost ended his career early, and the beginning was while he was at the helm of the technical leadership of the Spanish national team in the 2018 World Cup.
At that time, Real Madrid announced that it had reached an agreement with Lopetegui to take over Zinedine Zidane on a three-year contract, which caused a sensation in the Matador camp in Russia.
The day after the announcement, the Spanish Federation decided to dismiss Lopetegui and appoint Fernando Hierro as the coach just days before the first match in the World Cup.
Lopetegui’s start with the Merengue was not good, as he lost his first match against Atletico Madrid (2-4) in the European Super Cup, and he did not appear well in La Liga until he lost (1-5) against rivals FC Barcelona in El Clasico.
The Real Madrid administration decided to dismiss Lopetegui the next day from his post, and assign the task to the coach of the youth team, Argentine Santiago Solari.
An exceptional season
Lopegeti remained out of the limelight after his dismissal from Real Madrid, before returning in the summer of 2019 to take over the Coaching team of FC Sevilla.
FC Sevilla, in 53 games in various competitions, achieved 30 victories, 15 draws, and 8 defeats, and ended the season in fourth place in the La Liga table, to clinch qualification for the Champions League next season.
In the European League, he managed to lead the team to the sixth final in the club’s history, after surpassing big names on the way, such as Roma and Manchester United.
There is no doubt that winning the title will be the best conclusion to an exceptional season that Julen Lopetegui has lived, and consideration will be given to the coach, given what he has been exposed to in the past period, to prove that he is an adult coach in the old continent.
“Beating Inter would be a difficult task, he said” The team has a very special way of playing, all Conte teams have that.”
Lopegeti, in his coaching career, has only won two titles, which are the European Under-21 Championship and the European Under-19 Championship with the Spanish youth team.