Berizzo takes blame for Spartak Moscow thumpingOctober 18, 2017
Sevilla boss Eduardo Berizzo has accepted the blame after his side were thumped 5-1 by Russian side Spartak Moscow on Tuesday evening.
The Argentine boss spoke before the fixture in Russia about rotating his squad and that he had full confidence in his players, however, a number of changes led to the defeat on Tuesday evening, making their Champions League future look bleak.
Young Dutch star Quincy Promes opened the scoring for Spartak before Simon Kjaer levelled, however, four second half goals from the hosts which again saw Promes score – saw the game end in favour of Narodnaya komanda.
“It was incredible as they scored five goals from six chances and the mistakes we made gave them those goals,” Berizzo told reporters post-match.
“When Wissam Ben Yedder missed a great opportunity 15 minutes into the second half the game got out of hand and my players failed to have the capacity to react.
“It’s a tough defeat that we must face with character and there has to be a reaction against this opponent in Sevilla. It was hard to take and we played very well until their second goal when we became fragile defensively.
“We didn’t have to defend for most of the game. It was more counter-attacks and they did not dominate us, but it was one blow after another. But I assume full responsibility for the defeat and we will get the chance of revenge at the Sanchez Pizjuan within the next two weeks.”
In Group E after three games, Sevilla find themselves sitting in third place with Spartak top and English side Liverpool moving up to second after a superb 7-0 win over Maribor.
A return fixture against Spartak now awaits for the Andalusian side, who must win to stay in contention to qualify for the knockout stages.
Elsewhere, La Liga’s other Champions League representative – Real Madrid, were held at the Santiago Bernabeu by Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.
An early own goal from Raphael Varane set the tone as Madrid fought back and levelled through Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored from the penalty spot.