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Friday, 14 October 2016

Sevilla show Spurs how it's done

Sevilla have won three UEFA Europa Leagues on the trot while buying and selling players. They show that if you have a well-defined system and you are not always trying to reinvent the wheel that players can come and go within that system without it having a devastating effect.

It also shows that you don't need to buy superstars to achieve success, although they do benefit of course from being able to only buy a percentage of a player, which is outlawed in the Premier League.

Their side for the 2014 Final, which was a 0-0 draw against Benfica after extra-time and a victory 4-2 on penalties was:

Final 2014
GK13Portugal Beto
RB23Spain CokeBooked 98'
CB21Argentina Nicolás Pareja
CB2Argentina Federico FazioBooked 11'
LB16Spain Alberto MorenoBooked 13'
DM40Cameroon Stéphane Mbia
DM6Portugal Daniel Carriço
CM11Croatia Ivan Rakitić (c)
RW19Spain José Antonio ReyesSubstituted off 78'
LW20Spain VitoloSubstituted off 110'
CF9Colombia Carlos Bacca

GK1Spain Javi Varas
DF3Spain Fernando Navarro
DF5Portugal Diogo FigueirasSubstituted in 110'
MF7Germany Marko MarinSubstituted in 78'Substituted off 104'
MF12Spain Vicente Iborra
MF15Germany Piotr Trochowski
FW18France Kévin GameiroSubstituted in 104

They had sold Alvaro Negredo, Jesus Navas, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Gary Medel and Luis Alberto which amassed £65.94-million (86m EUR - US$96.18m) before the 2014/15 season. Then reinvested £5.75-million (7.5m EUR - US$8.39m) in Kevin Gameiro and £5.37-million (7m EUR - US$7.83m) in Carlos Bacca from Brugge.

Stephane Mbia, Daniel Carriço and Nicolas Pareja had all arrived on loan, goalkeeper Beto cost only £1.53-million (2m EUR - US$2.24m), Vitolo cost just £2.45-million (3.2m EUR - US$3.58m).

An income of £65.94-million and expenditure of £17.10-million (19.7m EUR - US$22.04m). After that 2014 final again there were sales that didn't stop them getting to the next final, and winning it.

Final 2015
GK29Spain Sergio Rico
RB22Spain Aleix Vidal
CB6Portugal Daniel CarriçoBooked 62'
CB15France Timothée Kolodziejczak
LB2France Benoît Trémoulinas
DM25Cameroon Stéphane Mbia
DM4Poland Grzegorz KrychowiakBooked 45+2'
RW10Spain José Antonio Reyes (c)Substituted off 58'
AM19Argentina Éver BanegaSubstituted off 89'
LW20Spain Vitolo
CF9Colombia Carlos BaccaBooked 74'Substituted off 82'
GK13Portugal Beto
DF3Spain Fernando Navarro
DF5Portugal Diogo Figueiras
DF23Spain CokeSubstituted in 58'
MF12Spain Vicente IborraSubstituted in 89'
MF17Spain Denis Suárez
FW7France Kévin GameiroSubstituted in 82

Only 4 players started in the 2015 final who had started the 2014 final. Captain Ivan Rakitic had left for Barcelona for £13.80-million (18m EUR - US$20.13m). Alberto Moreno went to Liverpool for £13.80-million (18m EUR - US$20.13m), Federico Fazio had joined us for £7.67-million (10m EUR - US$11.20m).

Also leaving were:
Krychowiak £5.5-million
Kolodziejczak £3-million
Aleix Vidal, to just £2.5-million
Ever Banega, Pareja, Carriço and Mbia all redeemed for £4.3-million.

This operational strategy has continued. Spending money is not the only way to bring success, but then spending money is all about the wages you pay, not how much a player costs. The wages bill has generally determined success over the last 10 years, not how much has been spent on transfer fees. As such we needed to find a different way while we increase our income to compete on a level playing field in the Premier League.

Mauricio Pochettino as a coach who can improve players is just what Daniel levy was looking for and he is a manager he'll be wanting to keep at Spurs for a long time.


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