Saturday December 3 2016
Sampaoli ‘wants to change history’

Jorge Sampaoli admits his “dream” is to “change the history of Spanish football” with Sevilla ahead of Saturday’s early kick-off against Granada.

Sevilla go into Week 14 of La Liga just six points behind runaway leaders Real Madrid and level with reigning champions Barcelona, and Sampaoli is hoping to break up their duopoly, plus compete with Atletico Madrid as Spain’s third team, during his time in Andalusia.

“I want a Sevilla that are immersed in the game against Granada,” the Coach said at a Press conference.

“Madrid and Barcelona are playing each other, teams that are ahead of us in the table, and I’m excited about us staying up there.

“I’m excited about changing the history of Spanish football. It’s always the same three teams at the top.

“Once we’re done here, we’ll have the Lyon game in our heads. They’re a team that are doing well in their League.

“Rotation? We’re fine and aware our responsibilities, despite there being little time to prepare for the match after the Copa [del Rey] and also with the game in Lyon coming up.

“Nasri? No, he’s working to see if he can play against Lyon. These two games are transcendent, one to keep up in La Liga and the other for progression in the Champions League.

“Correa? His three goals in the Copa will help his chances of continuing to get opportunities in the first team.

“Interest from Granada last summer? Yes, there was a possibility, which I evaluated, but in the end I opted for Sevilla.”

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