Sevilla head coach Eduardo Berizzo diagnosed with cancer

Sevilla players and Eduardo Berizzo

It is expected that the Andalusian club will confirm reports claiming that Berizzo, who masterminded a spectacular Champions League comeback against Liverpool on Tuesday night, has been diagnosed with cancer.

Berizzo, 48, made no statement on his health when speaking after the win, however, Sevilla confirmed the news on Wednesday morning.

Guido Pizarro' struck on the stroke of full-time to complete the turnaround and he immediately darted over to his manager to embrace him and celebrate Sevilla's unlikely recovery.

"Sevilla FC wants to show their full support for the coach and wishes him a speedy recovery".

But, at the risk of sounding like your mum, it really is just a game.

"The medical services of Sevilla FC report that the coach of the first team, Eduardo Berizzo, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer", a club statement read.

"Future examinations will lead to a decision over what steps to follow in his treatment".

Club president Jose Castro also hinted that the bad news was true as he told Spanish radio station Cope on Tuesday: "As it is a personal and complicated issue, I prefer to wait to tomorrow [Wednesday]".

According to Sevillainfo, Berizzo informed his players of the situation, and the hugs and celebrations on the pitch "revealed more than a long-suffering and epic draw".

Midfielder Ever Banega also spoke about how the players rallied around their manager after the match.

The players were told the news at half-time, by which stage they were 3-0 down following goals from Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. That's how we have to play every game.



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