The Sevilla manager wanted to depart the club after their battle against Borussia Dortmund and he did it due to their 4-1 loss.
Sevilla have sacked
after their thumping 4-1 loss at the hands of Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League and it was his last game at the helm. The head coach only delivered one victory in their last seven matches in the La Liga this season and reports claimed that he would be dismissed on Wednesday. His last game in charge was also a disappointing one as Dortmund won the battle courtesy of goals from Raphael Guerreiro,
, Karim Adeyemi and Julian Brandt.
Lopetegui spoke to Movistar after their loss and said:
"Right now I'm still coach of Sevilla but... I've already said goodbye to the team.
"I don't get a negative feeling right now. The first thing I feel is gratitude to a club like Sevilla, the fans, the people of the city and my players, who have given me three wonderful seasons.
"I arrived with doubts and it was possible to turn it around with many successful seasons."
Sevilla released a statement 30 minutes after the game was finished and announced his dismissal.
"Sevilla have dismissed Julen Lopetegui as coach of the first team after the clash [with] Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday,"
the statement read.
"Lopetegui closes a successful stage with three magnificent campaigns in which the objectives were more than achieved, and a fourth season in which the results have not been on track, with Sevilla [taking] five points out of a possible 21 in LaLiga."
Sevilla are eyeing Jorge Sampaoli, who was the club’s coach during the 2016-17 season, whereas Wolves are considering appointing Lopetegui.
As for Dortmund’s performance, Bellingham had a crucial role in their victory and he became the first English teenager to be in the starting XI of a Champions League game as captain. He marked the chance he was given with a goal and also became the second teenager to net in his first three matches in the Champions League season. Erling Haaland is the only other player to have done so for Salzburg in the 2019-20 season.
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