Sévile-Betis: Antonio Cordón: “In Monaco, Mbappé was a different player”
Sporting director of Betis since the 2020-2021 season, Antonio Cordón has been an integral part of the exciting season that the Verdiblancos have been going through and has signed up with the Andalusian club until 2024. Before the derby against Sevilla FC at Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán , the 58-year-old man recounts his journey as a PE teacher today, including the last title of champion of France acquired by AS Monaco.
Hello Antonio! For this upcoming derby between Sevilla and Betis, the two teams have never been so well ranked in La Liga at this stage of the competition. What do you expect from this meeting?
The season so far has been wonderful. Since last year, Betis have been doing things in the right order. At present, we are the only Spanish team still involved in three competitions, it is a real source of satisfaction and we will continue in this dynamic. Of course, this derby reflects a capital importance for our city, our supporters. As a professional committed to football, I see this as a particularly stimulating encounter. I want to see a great show, especially since our opponent will also have a great season.
Let’s talk a bit about the former Ligue 1 players at Bétis: Nabil Fekir and Youssouf Sabaly. What do you think of their respective roles in the team?
Regarding Nabil, everyone knows that he is a fundamental part of the team’s growth. We are really happy with his performance, and I feel that his interest in the city and the well-being of his family are also important to him. His brother Yassine is with Betis Deportivo, he also works at the lower level and we see that he has good professional and human qualities. When things go well, we have to sediment that and continue to take care of the comfort of our players. We also apply as a family, and that goes for Sabaly. He has brought a lot to Betis since his arrival because he is able to play on the left and on the right of the defense. Also, his integration is phenomenal: he learns Spanish very quickly and we have the impression that he has been part of the team for years. His injury sidelined him for a long time, but now we want him to be able to start as a starter if the coach wants him to.
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