Blessing in disguise

MADRID – When Unai Emery abandoned Sevilla in June after three successful seasons, the Europa League champions were forced to undergo an unwelcome coaching shake-up and hired former Chile boss Jorge Sampaoli.

That move has turned into a blessing in disguise for Sevilla.

Under 56-year-old Sampaoli’s guidance, Sevilla have lost just once in nine La Liga games and Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid lifted the Andalusians to second place — one point behind leaders Real Madrid.

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