Sevilla boss Jorge Sampaoli declared himself proud of his Sevilla players following the 3-2 European Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid.
Dani Carvajal’s last-gasp extra-time winner eventually proved the difference between the sides, but the former Chile national team boss said he is his happy with his new team after little more than a month of pre-season work.
“I feel proud of the way we played and the bravery we showed against the European champions after such a short time working together, so it was exciting for me and I very much appreciate it,” the 56-year-old told a Press conference.
“I think we saw the team was getting gradually better and in terms of possession we dominated Madrid in the second half.
“But we didn’t take advantage and weren’t forceful enough. When you don’t do that an opponent such as them, with the players they have, can do you damage.
“We had to cut short our preparations for this match but now we have another two games [against Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup] to win a trophy before the League starts.”