Seville coach Julen Lopetegui thinks it is more than deserved that Luuk de Jong finally made his first goal for Seville on Sunday. The 29-year-old striker was matchwinner in his eighth league match for the Spanish club in the home game with Levante.
"Luuk was not happy for the goal in the last few weeks, but he did not let his shoulders down for a moment," said Lopetegui, who dropped the Orange International in the 72nd minute in Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.
Fifteen minutes later, De Jong headed in a cross from Jesús Navas and gave Sevilla three points in a difficult game. ABC De Sevilla , the newspaper of the city, even calls him 'The Savior of Seville' on Monday.
"It was a complex competition and I am very happy that we still won it," said Lopetegui. "And I am also happy that Luuk scored. We know at Seville how much work he has done, even in the weeks that he did not score. Hard work always pays off. Hopefully this is the first of many goals."
Luuk de Jong had to wait 588 league minutes for his first goal for Sevilla (Photo: Getty Images)
"This goal was very important to me"
De Jong himself was naturally also happy with his first goal, just when he had lost his base position. On Sunday, Lopetegui preferred Mexican international Javier Hernández in the rush hour.
"This goal was very important for me and also for the team," said De Jong, who came over for PSV 12.5 million last summer.
Partly due to the victory over Levante, Seville is sixth in La Liga, with as many points as number four Real Sociedad. On Thursday, the Lopetegui team will play in the Europa League at home against Dudelange in Luxembourg.
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