Sevilla Coach Marcelino Garcia Toral praised his team’s efforts that on Sunday evening saw them beat the much-fancied and new-look Malaga side 2-1 at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
Following on from the Rojiblancos’ midweek European exit, Marcelino expressed the importance of Alvaro Negredo’s opening strike to settle the team’s nerves: “I
Negredo opened the scoring for the hosts in the second minute when he was left free to head in a Jesus Navas cross from eight yards out. Diego Perotti’s work down the left wing in the 26th minute then found the No 9 on the edge of the D to place a low shot past Willy Caballero to double the lead.
Santi Cazorla pulled one back with a 25-yard second-half free-kick that found the top right corner, but the visitors – who have spent €58m on talent this summer – only found the target with one other shot throughout the 90, despite seeing 14% more of the ball and completing 131 more passes than their opponents.
Marcelino was overly impressed with Sevilla’s performance: “If you attack and defend like [on Sunday], it creates a good dynamic that could allow us to really entertain the fans.”