Sevilla have confirmed that their players were told of coach Eduardo Berizzo’s prostate cancer diagnosis “a few days” before last night’s Champions League tie against Liverpool not at half-time, as was widely reported in the wake of the match.
Reports emanating in the Spanish press claimed that having gone in 3-0 down at the break, Berizzo informed the Sevilla team of his illness during the interval, only to watch them battle their way back to a heroic 3-3 draw at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
Not so, as the club have since told CNN that their manager delivered the news at some point last week:
Berizzo’s players were told the news a few days ago, despite reports suggesting he had told them at half-time during the Liverpool game.
Indeed, realising his players needed an extra shot of motivation, Berizzo revealed that he simply told them “to play with their soul and show the pride” that flows through the Sevilla squad.
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