La Liga: Sevilla sack manager Eduardo Berizzo a week after his return from cancer surgery
Sevilla sacked coach Eduardo Berizzo on Friday just a month after it was announced the Argentine is suffering from prostate cancer.
Madrid: Sevilla sacked coach Eduardo Berizzo on Friday just a month after it was announced the Argentine is suffering from prostate cancer, the club said, citing poor results.
"The Sevilla board... has taken the decision to sack the coach of the first team due to the bad form of the team," Sevilla said in a statement, without making reference to Berizzo's illness.
News of Berizzo's condition was released just hours after Sevilla battled back from a 3-0 half-time deficit against Liverpool to secure a famous 3-3 draw that helped book their place in the last 16 of the Champions League, where they will face Manchester United.
The former Argentine international then missed four matches as he underwent surgery on a tumour with his assistant coach Ernesto Marcucci taking charge.
Marcucci's last match in charge was a 5-0 thrashing by Real Madrid, but Berizzo's return to the bench has failed to inspire an upturn in fortunes as Sevilla were held 0-0 at home by Levante a week ago before losing 3-1 at Real Sociedad on Wednesday.
Defeat left Sevilla still just two points off the top four in fifth place, but fourth-placed Real Madrid have two games in hand, including Saturday's El Clasico against Barcelona.
"The club has already begun talks to formalise the hiring of the new coach of Sevilla FC, who is expected to join when the staff return after the Christmas holidays," added Sevilla's statement.
The Andalusians aren't in action again until they face Cadiz in the first leg of their Copa del Rey last 16 tie on 3 January.
Messi scored a double to take his LaLiga tally to 28 goals for the season, seven ahead of Karim Benzema and even more remarkable given his relatively slow start.
This weekend, Barcelona are at home to Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid host Sevilla with six points separating the top four. If this title race needed more drama, the fixture list has provided it.
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It might not be a winner-takes-all clash like in 2014, victory could give either Atletico Madrid or Barcelona the momentum needed to go on and claim the title.