The General Sporting Director, Monchi, travelled to Madrid this Tuesday to participate in the first edition of the programme Junglers, organised by ElDesmarque and Vodafone, which talks about the world of eSports. The man from San Fernando featured alongside the gamer Lozark, sporting director of the Vodafone Giants. After the programme finished, Monchi appeared at a press conference and spoke about how the club is doing at the moment.
MONCHI: "DATA IS THE FUTURE, IT HELPS YOU TO MAKE THE QUICKEST DECISIONS"
There was interest as to whether Sevilla would bring back Ivan Rakitic. After praising the Croat, Monchi stated: "We have an excellent magician in Éver Banega, and we're so focused on the present, with LaLiga and the Europa League, that we want to secure our aims". He also spoke about whether he's worried or not by top players leaving Nervión: "I'm not particularly scared. I always say the problem isn't selling, but buying badly. If you're capable of truly replacing a player that leaves, then it's all good, the problem is making a mistake with that replacement. We're looking at players in every position on the pitch because I can't say if a right-back is leaving, a left-back, a striker...".
In addition, he defended the club’s business model that has brought them so much success: “Sevilla has a very successful business model. It’s the Spanish Club who has won the third most trophies this century. For me, I would like to keep hold of squads, but we have a cost which is high above our income. Therefore, when you have a higher wage bill, you have a better squad”. Another matter is to apply the new technologies to his project: "I am a defender and a fan of the Big Data. Data is the future. That doesn't mean you have to sign a player just because his data is the best, but data helps you to make the quickest decisions and reduce the margin of error. There is a subjective component that is to watch the player, but data helps because instead of watching 500 players, you can reduce that number to the maximum that you have to watch”.
To finish off, he spoke once again about how the team itself are doing at the moment: “For Sevilla, in recent years, every defeat is a problem. If we have been knocked out of the Copa and then we have drawn at home, it means that we have to stand up and take responsibility. This is part of the greatness of this club and it’s why Sevilla have grown so much in recent years".