Monchi is the master behind the scenes as Sevilla go for yet more glory 


Monchi, or Ramón Rodríguez Verdejo to give him his Sunday name, isn’t just the main reason that Sevilla won their fifth Europa League on Wednesday and that Los Rojiblancos are in Sunday’s Copa del Rey Final against Barcelona in Madrid.

Monchi, Sevilla’s sporting director, is also the only link between this monstrously successful, European-dominant football factory and the time when the club were a humble second division scuffler in Spain.

A goalkeeper who, in retrospect, wasn’t exactly stellar, no matter how vastly professional and motivated he was, this guy has been Sevilla through and through from the time when he didn’t quite make the grade as Vicente del Bosque’ s Real Madrid Castilla side cast an eye over him in 1988.

Sevilla’s sporting director Monchi has overseen the collection of eight major trophies in nine years



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