Monchi: “It’s still early, but Mendilibar is being true to himself”


The general sports director of Sevilla, Ramón Rodríguez Verdejo, ‘Monchi’, believes that “it is still early” to make an extensive assessment of the work of José Luis Mendilibar, the team’s third coach this season, although he did celebrate that the Biscayan is “being true to himself” because he was chosen “for something”.

“It’s still early. When there’s a change in coach, we all tend to speak well of the one who arrives and badly of the one who leaves, but you have to be fair and José Luis is implementing what we knew about him,” Monchi said Thursday in statements to the media collected by the club’s website.

The manager stressed that Zaldivar’s coach “is being true to himself.” “It is what we all demanded. If he came, it is for something and that that something defends him ‘to the death’ is the foundation of what may come in the future,” he added hours before the Basque lives the first match of the race in competition in the first leg of the quarterfinals against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

In addition, the Sevilla sports director also spoke about the recovery of the Brazilian central defender Marcao. “At a medical level he is recovered, but he has been unemployed for four months and at the level of holding one hundred percent for 90 minutes I have some doubts, but we have already seen him play worse than he is now, when he reappeared with Sampaoli. With his experience , if the coach has him, I’m sure he’ll respond,” he said.

Finally, he did not show concern about his future at the club because he tries to “focus the debate on what is important and now it is LaLiga and the Europa League.” “June will come and then we will assess everything. Today I have a contract and the first option is to continue,” he valued.

“I am working with enthusiasm and desire to try to follow an action plan that makes us recover the lost path, is what the vice president has also said. It is a season where things have not gone well, but I am speaking of June to see what we want to do, what tools we have and what is the message”, sentenced the one from San Fernando.