Seville: it smells scorched for the flop Mariano Diaz


By: Manu Tournoux

Between Mariano Diaz and Sevilla, it is the story of a missed meeting. After a good season with Olympique Lyonnais, the striker, who scored 21 goals and delivered 5 assists, caught the eye of the Andalusians. Except that Real Madrid has been there. Indeed, the Merengues had a priority buyout clause, which they exercised under the leadership of their new coach Julen Lopetegui. A big fan of the Dominican, he pushed for his return to the Spanish capital. Better armed after a successful year in Lyon, Mariano hoped to have a say behind offensive leader Karim Benzema.

304 minutes played this season

Except we didn’t really see it. In five years, he participated in 70 matches, including only 16 as a starter. Regarding his statistics, he has provided only one assist and he has scored seven goals. This is meager for an element who was an understudy or sometimes third attacker of the team. Despite opportunities to play elsewhere, he always closed the door to leaving, determined to complete his contract with Casa Blanca. This ended on June 30. Mariano, who has well stocked his trophy cabinet, has bounced back at Sevilla FC.

A new challenge which is not really a success for the moment for the 30-year-old player. Since his arrival, he has participated in 10 matches in all competitions. In detail, it was used 6 times in La Liga and 4 times in the Champions League. Starting only twice this year, the former Real Madrid player did not play any matches in full and had to make do with parts of matches, he who was not spared from physical problems. Recently, he spoke about the evil that gnaws at him.

Sevilla puts pressure on him

“I have been suffering from a complex knee injury for weeks. Which doesn’t allow me to help the team as I would like. Despite different treatments, we did not obtain sufficient improvement. That’s why I can’t even train normally.” A difficult situation for the player, who has 0 goals and 0 assists. Figures that do not please Seville, who expected better from him. But after several years of watching others play, the footballer, who must regain health and form, clearly needs time.

What the Andalusians are not ready to offer him. This winter, they tried to amicably terminate his contract according to A.S.. Except that Mariano Diaz refused. After discussion with his trainer Quique Sanchez Flores, he decided to get treatment and try to come back. A bet. For its part, Sevilla is following his case carefully and will try to part ways with the player under contract until 2025 if he does not give satisfaction by the end of the season. A good pressure relief for Mariano Diaz, who will certainly not let his law be dictated to him. In the meantime, the player is working hard to come back.

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