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Alvarez named Sevilla caretaker coach

Antonio Alvarez has been named Sevilla caretaker coach to the end of the season.

Alvarez's appointment is his first as first-team coach, having served as Manolo Jimenez's assistant for the previous two years.

He knows he faces a battle to pick his side up from recent disappointments, including elimination from the Champions League at the hands of CSKA Moscow earlier this month, but believes he is up to the task.

On his plans for what the new regime will entail, he said: "Working day to day, encouraging the team and convincing them that we are going to achieve our targets.

"It is a question of mindset, it is necessary to lift the team, after recent results and the elimination from the Champions League, which was a huge blow, the problem is physiological. I see myself as capable of being in the dressing room.

"(They have) a lot of desire to work, a lot of will and want to take the team forward. I have felt very comfortable and welcomed in the dressing room.

"Ten matches remain, 10 finals and there is time to turn our luck around, to play attacking football. This is to say to gamble on attacking football which, of course, means running the risks implicated with this type of football, but I have nothing but trust for the team I have."

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