Lopetegui: The only motivation I have is to play a great game with Sevilla – MARCA.com

Posted: October 6, 2019 at 7:48 am


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A 5-1 defeat to Barcelona ultimately ended Julen Lopetegui's dream of being Real Madrid's coach, yet ahead of his return to the Camp Nou with Sevilla, the Spanish boss is only motivated by earning a victory for his new club, not thoughts of revenge.

Barcelona are in mixed form heading into the match, giving the Andalusian club hope of taking at least a point away from Catalonia and keeping touch with the two Madrid clubs in the title race.

"The only motivation I have is to play a great game with Sevilla, nothing more," Lopetegui told the press.

"I expect the best version of Barcelona, they are arriving from two very good performances.

"They are at a good level and we're sure to face a great team and there is no other way to look at it."

Lionel Messi's involvement in the match is still unclear, especially after he played 90 minutes against Inter in midweek, however Lopetegui is simply trying to focus on his own players in the build-up to the encounter.

"There will be those who will be available and those who won't be," Lopetegui explained. "I have nothing to add on the subject of Messi, it wouldn't be original

"I simply put the focus on our players, Barcelona are a great team and if Messi is involved, then logically they are better.

"The only thing we can do is improve ourselves, and give a great version of ourselves, that's why we're focusing our energy on."

Ansu Fati has been the star performer for the Blaugrana this term, despite being just 16 years old, and Lopetegui admitted he has been surprised by his level of play ahead of Sunday's meeting.

"I have been surprised by his performances when you see his age," Lopetegui added.

"It's not easy to perform at that high level when you're that young.

"Barcelona have a lot of great players and we have to be focused, balanced and with a clear imagine of how we want to play."

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