Sevilla FC club Chairman José Castro accompanied Guilherme Arana in his presentation as a Sevilla player this Friday morning. He took the chance to evaluate the current state of the club, admitting it has been a "complicated" month but that "we have to move onwards and upwards and be optimistic".
"It's been a tough week because of the loss to our arch-rivals in a back and forth game which they were much more clinical in. They dominated some facets at different points in the game but we have to turn the page and talk about our aims, which years ago weren't even this league. We have to think about Alavés and about winning. It's been a difficult week - there are many - but we have to move onwards and upwards and be optimistic. The truth is the past month has been complicated and hasn't seen very good results but we are alive in all competitions and only Real Madrid, Barça and us can say that. The board will now look to bolster the team as much as it can to help us achieve our objectives", said Castro.
"The people are hurt and the fans have the right to express themselves because these are difficult moments"
He continued: "Yesterday's match was strange because the people are hurt after the derby. The fans have a right to express themselves but booing isn't the right way, we need to support our players. If the fans and the squad move together in the same direction, we'll be on the right lines. But this is football, they're difficult moments and what we have to do is pick up wins to turn it around".
A situation which the Chairman insisted the team "is working to turn around. We haven't managed it because the sensation we're getting is that the team hasn't given their expected performance up until now but that doesn't mean they haven't been working hard and well. We're working with the symptoms, we changed manager and today, for example, we're here presenting a new player who in June would have cost twice as much. Having the best team is important but we're also a society. We have to have calm. The team will do much better than they have been doing, this is a question of a bad run. We also have to give the new coach time because we want our fans to enjoy themselves again and as our coach said so well yesterday, to turn those boos into applause".