Monchi: “Ninety-five percent of what happened at AS Roma was my responsibility”

Sevilla will be looking to win their seventh Europa League title when they take on AS Roma on Wednesday. The club’s sporting director, Monchi, spent almost two years with the Italian outfit, leading the team to the Champions League semi-finals in 2018. Ahead of the final, he looks back on that period and admits there were things he could have done better.

“There were a lot of nice moments. I tried to do my best but it’s true that I made mistakes. I’ve never had a problem admitting my mistakes, but it’s also necessary to understand the context. This season I also made mistakes at Sevilla, but in Andalusia, I have 24 years of history on my side with 19 finals and 10 trophies that make allow me to walk my two dogs quite relaxed. I didn’t have time to correct my mistakes at Roma. Looking back, there were so many things I would never do again,” he acknowledged in an interview with Il Messagero.

“I had to understand what Roma was… what it represents for the city, the fans and the press. And when I realised it, it was too late. Ninety-five percent of the responsibility was mine,” adds Monchi, who will go up against Roma for the first time since leaving the club.

“I am happy that it’s happening in a final. If you had asked me who I would have liked to play against in this final, I would have said Roma.”

His experience abroad makes him unsure about going away again, although he doesn’t rule it out. “I don’t know if I’ll have the strength, but there are some ideas in my head. We’ll see,” he concluded.

Kieran Quaile | GSFN

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