Beto ready to stake Sevilla claim

Beto has insisted that he is not afraid of competing with Sergio Rico for the status of Sevilla No 1 this season.

The veteran goalkeeper was the Andalucians’ first choice in 2014-15, until a dislocated shoulder, followed by a knee ailment, prematurely ended his campaign, with rookie Sergio Rico subsequently grabbing his opportunity to establish himself.

“We’ve been training very well and strongly for the [UEFA] Super Cup,” he was quoted as saying by AS.

“I think we’ll be fine. The match is still [eight] days away, but the team are strong.

“The new boys have integrated well and the experienced guys are trying to instil in them the team’s philosophy, which is none other than to win.

“It’s not easy [for Yevhen Konoplyanka to adapt], but with the help of [new coach Dmitri] Cheryshev, it’ll be easier for him. He must try to integrate as best as possible.

“It’s a very exciting season. It’s true that we’ve achieved big things in previous campaigns, but the objective of the team and Coach is to do even better.

“I’m fine physically and this season we’re starting from scratch, with new challenges and objectives.

“I don’t have the answer to who will be the first-choice goalkeeper. I can only give my all to the Coach.

“There’s healthy competition between [Sergio Rico and I] and we help each other. The most important thing is the team.”

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