‘Proud’ Machin aims for ‘historic’ season

New Sevilla Coach Pablo Machin is aiming for a ‘historic’ campaign and admits he had ‘no doubts’ over joining the club from Girona.

The 43-year-old has signed a two-year contract with Los Rojiblancos having been in charge at the Catalan club for four seasons.

“I hope our campaign is historic,” Machin told his introductory press conference.

“Our aim for this season will be to win the maximum number of points possible and try to earn lots of success.

“I am flattered that a club like Sevilla have chosen me, to pursue me as they did. It is an honour and a huge responsibility due to the history of the club.

“Girona gave me a lot but the two clubs are not comparable, the project here is very ambitious and I had no doubts to join.

“There is a strong squad in place, the team wants to battle, to fight and leave everything on the pitch, we will try to get the most out of them for Sevillistas to be proud.

“We have a lot of good players here and everyone will get a chance if they deserve one. A preference up front? Muriel and Ben Yedder are both capable of giving a lot.

“I will give my everything and I hope that is reflected in my work and as our anthem goes: ‘Sevilla, Sevilla, Sevilla’, that is my total focus.

“When the hymn was sung here it put the hairs on my neck on end and we even hummed it a bit at Girona, my girls put it on when I told them I was coming here.

“Steven N’Zonzi’s future? I hope he can stay here for many years. There are always rumours but I hope he stays until the end of his contract or even extends it.”

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