Sampaoli makes his debut against a fully-formed Athletic and Almeria’s lack of motivation gets Rayo.

Sampaoli makes his debut against a fully-formed Athletic and Almeria's lack of motivation gets Rayo.

PARIS, 7 October (Benin News) –

Argentine coach Jorge Sampaoli will have a tough start to his return to the Sevilla bench on Saturday, while UD Almeria will host the much-needed Rayo Vallecano team in the eighth day of LaLiga Santander. 2022-2023.

Julen Lopetegui’s tenure as Sevilla coach has officially ended after losing to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League. A new mission begins with fans’ “old acquaintances” who will be tasked with fixing the ship of the Sevillian team, now very close to relegation and far from fourth place.

However, the charismatic Sampaoli has hardly any time to prepare a “touching” team, both emotionally and sportingly, that started at Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán (18:30) and promised a very tough start against the established Athletic Club. couldn’t find it. In exchange for a former coach like Ernesto Valverde.

The “Lions” have had one of the best start to the season in their history in the league and could even temporarily overtake FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at the top of the table if they manage to record their fourth consecutive win against a Sevilla team. He still hasn’t won in front of an eager audience to see him rise in the rankings.

Sevilla have scored only one goal in the league by defender Karim Rekic at home, and two goals in total in the Champions League. “invent something” in such a short time.

Regardless, his arrival should have had a somewhat refreshing effect in the dressing room as usual, necessary to get rid of the Biscayan team, which has woken up to eleven goals in their last three games after a hesitant start on the offensive side. and the high-profile Williams brothers. Also, outside of San Mamés, Unai Simón conceded only one goal.

Despite two different form situations, in a duel that promises to be as tense and tense as ever when the two teams meet, Sampaoli will present the starting eleven where the only shortcomings are Rekim and Corona, while Valverde will not play with the team of the last days in principle.

On the other hand, on Saturday, two of the two direct contenders for relegation will start at the Power Horse Stadium, where UD Almeria and Rayo Vallecano will face off, but both have started the season in different ways.

Almeria’s side are not in good shape ahead of this match and are second to last with just four points, while Madrid could have a slightly better situation with ten points and a better morale feeling.

Coached by Joan Francesc Ferrer, ‘Rubi’ has accumulated a very negative series of four consecutive defeats, all failing to score a goal and the last one in a 4-0 defeat against Athletic, which was an expected problem. The top scorer is Umar Sadiq’s departure to Real Sociedad. Almeria struggles to attack, Largie Ramazani needs another partner to deal more damage.

Andoni Iraola’s team, on the strength of their second straight win against another direct rival, Elche, in Vallecas, will try to capitalize on the tension of the locals to achieve an unsuccessful away result in their last two games. excursions.

Chumi, Milovanovic and Centelles are missing out on Rubi’s eleven perhaps renewed compared to the heavy defeat at San Mamés and the odds of bringing Ramazani, Leo Baptistao and Dyego Sousa together. It looks like Iraola wants to use the same players against Elche.


Almeria – Rayo Vallecano. González Fuertes (C. Asturiano) 14.00.

Atlético – Girona. Martínez Munuera (Valencian C. Valencian) 16.15.

Seville – Athletics Club. Gil Manzano (C. Extremadura) 18.30.

Getafe – Real Madrid. Mateu Lahoz (Valencian C.Valencian) 21.00.

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