From Celta Vigo to Sevilla.
That was the road taken by Eduardo Berizzo as the Argentinian became Sevilla’s new head coach.
The club have reached a deal in principle with Berizzo to seal the move.
He took over from Jorge Sampaoli who was recently hired manager of the Argentina national team.
So will there be life for Sevilla with Berizzo now in charge?
The optimists in the squad’s followers believe so.
It appeared the team were just as excited after they posted a statement on sevillafc.es: “Sevilla and Eduardo Berizzo have reached an agreement in principle for the Argentinian to be the new coach of the club for the next two seasons.’’
To seal his arrival, Berizzo signed a contract and was officially presented as the new boss recently, signalling a new chapter in Sevilla’s historied campaign.
After that, he vowed to apply an attacking football regimen for the team, the same style of Sampaoli whom he clearly admires.
“I share more ideas with Sampaoli than differences,’’ he said, referring to his predecessor.
Attack, control possession and win the ball back quickly. In that setup, Berozzi promised to run Sevilla as their new bench strategist.
He believes that by imposing that plan, Sevilla will improve remarkably.
A former Argentina defender in his playing days, the 47-year-old manager spent three years with Celta, steering the Galician side to a 13th-place finish in La Liga and the semi-finals of the Europa League last term where they were eliminated by Manchester United.
In his three seasons at Balaidos, Berizzo led Celta Vigo to two Copa del Rey semi-finals.
Will his remarkable resume’ bode well for the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan squad?
As his arrival is met with bullish reactiosn, it appears he might just be the right man to call the shots for Sevilla, who pride themselves as Spain’s oldest club solely devoted to football practice.
One of the main agenda for the new boss would be to reignite the fire for the team as they bid to perform solidly in the La Liga next term.
Los Blanquirrojos have just won the Spanish top-tier once – in the 1945-46 season – and their search for another trophy will resume under Berizzo.
Sevilla have five Copa del Rey trophies, one Supercopa crown and won Segunda Division four times.
They are five-time winners of the Europa League, the last in the 2015-16 season, and winners of Super Cup in 2006.
Under these landscape will Berrizzo try to map out a new route for the Seville-based unit.
Can he live up to his promise? The coming season lies ahead and we’ll find the answer when he starts wielding the baton for his new squad.