Former Chile manager Jorge Sampaoli has promised Sevilla fans his team will play attacking football after being unveiled as their new head coach to replace Unai Emery.
The 56-year-old Argentinian takes up his first managerial role in Europe after signing a two-year contract with the Europa League winners and aims to continue the club’s run of recent success.
Sampaoli, who made his name in club football in South America, guided the Chile national team to the Copa America title last year before resigning in January.
In an interview on the club’s official website Sampaoli said: "(It is) such an important club, which has won so many things, is a big responsibility, but also very exciting.
"Undoubtedly I am a person who is tremendously passionate about attacking (football). They (the fans) will see me as a coach who will never attempt to cede the spotlight. And for that we need a lot of spirit spread to the group of players so we try to make this team respected throughout Europe, as it is now.
"I hope I can fulfil the expectations that the fans have of the team and me."
Sevilla had announced Sampaoli’s appointment on Monday, describing him in a statement on the club website as ”one of the most popular coaches in world football” and backing him to give the team ”fresh impetus” to keep progressing.
Sampaoli will again be joined by number two Juan Manuel Lillo who worked alongside him with Chile following Europa League winner Emery’s departure from the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium with his backroom staff Juan Carlos Carcedo, Pablo Villanueva and Victor Manas.
In May, Sevilla beat Liverpool to win their third consecutive Europa League crown – and their fifth in 10 years – but at the end of the season Emery announced he was leaving Andalusia.
He has since been linked with the managerial vacancy at Paris St Germain and his path to the French capital is clear after the Ligue 1 champions parted company with Laurent Blanc on Monday.