We were close, says Sevilla coach after dropping crucial points

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Levante left it late to snatch a draw from the jaws of defeat thanks to an own-goal by Sevilla defender Diego Carlos on Tuesday evening in a La Liga clash at Estadio Camilo Cana.

The visitors Sevilla held a one goal lead going into the final moments of the match, but paid the price for failing to kill the game off as Levante found the equaliser in the 87th minute of the game to grab a 1-1 draw and the Sevillistas coach Julen Lopetegui was annoyed with the result as his side dropped two crucial points in La Liga.

“It’s not a good feeling because we wanted to get the three points. We were close, but in the last 15 minutes they were the better side and we ceded too much ground to them,” said Lopetegui.

“It’s the manager’s responsibility surely, having the possibility of making five changes, the moment in which they also pressed more,” – Lopetegui. 

“We had five fresh players, I think it was a question of reading the game as they took risks and we did not know how to counter. We tend to be a side who manages results well and today we did not. The way of managing it is looking for a second goal and we did not get it; we could well have had another shock too.

“They’ve got good legs in them. I think the team worked well in the circumstances, they came into the match well physically and let’s hope they recover quickly, looking ahead to Friday,” added Lopetegui.

The own-goal scorer Carlos didn’t want to focus on the negatives but rather on the effort of Sevilla in the last four days.

“I’m content because we played away and got a draw. We suffered a difficult goal, but we’ve picked up four points in two games,” – Carlos.

“The goal came at an unexpected moment, but we have to value the work of the whole team. We’ll go match by match and now it’s time to focus on the next one”, said the defender.

Asked about playing the match behind closed doors again, Carlos affirmed that “it does play quite a big part, it’s tough playing at a smaller stadium without fans, but we have to be professional and be very focused on the pitch”.

Sevilla, who sit third in La Liga will host leaders Barcelona at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán on Friday evening.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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