Vitolo has admitted that Sevilla’s chances of UEFA Super Cup glory against Barcelona were significantly reduced due to Lionel Messi’s form on the night.
The Andalucians ran La Blaugrana close, despite the No 10’s pair of free-kicks in the first half, having came back from 4-1 down to restore parity at 4-4, but were eventually beaten by Pedro Rodriguez’s finish deep in extra time.
“For me, the team were 10/10. What we did [in coming back from behind] was spectacular,” the winger said after the game.
“It’s not easy to overcome a 4-1 deficit against Barcelona. We wanted to bring the trophy home to our fans, but it wasn’t to be.
“We gave everything and never lowered our arms. [Barca] have Messi, the greatest player of all-time, and when he’s at his best, he’s very difficult to stop.
“I’m glad on one hand for Pedro because he’s also a person in light of everything that’s been said.”