Until Wednesday evening, the Spanish Cup was the place to which Sevilla escapes to forget about everyday troubles.
There, against teams from lower leagues, she won all four of her games, kept a clean sheet in all of them and progressed step by step.
But on Wednesday night they met Ossona, a team from their league, and lost 2:1 conceding a brutal goal in extra time.
Now the team from Andalusia remains without a trophy, when it is in 15th place in the table and out of the Champions League, and when it is sinking under professional problems and financial debts.
Sevilla is not used to being in these places, certainly not in recent years.
This is a club that won the Europa League four times in the last decade, visited the Spanish Cup final twice during this period, and was always at the top of the table in Spain.
In the last three seasons, Sevilla finished in fourth place, and at some stages were even in the fight for the top.
The last time it finished a season at the bottom of the table was in the 1999/2000 season, at the end of which it was relegated to the second division, which is why it is so surprising to see it in this situation after about half a season.
so what happened?
The hallmark of Sevilla in its heyday was the professional manager Monchi and his purchasing policy.
"Midas of football", they called him, because every acquisition he brought turned into gold.
But in recent years, Monchi and Sevilla have been less successful.
It did sell its stars for big money - Jules Conde to Barcelona and Diego Carlos to Aston Villa fetched a lot - but those who arrived did not live up to expectations.
Players like Osama Idrisi, Isco, Rafa Mir and others did not fit in, and some have already left for another destination.
He also fails to lift the team, photo: Getty Images
The older ones, such as Papo Gomes, Erik Lamela and Oliver Torres, refused to leave, and stuck the club in the transfer window the previous summer.
Jolan Loptegi, who was the coach at the beginning of the season, demanded a defensive reinforcement and did not receive it.
Not surprisingly, the team lost - and he was fired.
The Argentinian Jorge Sampaoli came in his place for a second term, but in the meantime it turns out that he is not the savior either.
The Argentine demanded seven new players, and in the meantime received two, one of which is Lucas Ocampos who returned from the loan.
"This is not the team I want to see," he said after the elimination from the cup, and it is not certain that he will have the time and resources to produce such a team.
Now, all Sevilla want is to produce a team that will survive this season in the top league.
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