Cancer-Stricken Sevilla Boss Eduardo Berizzo to Undergo Surgery on Tuesday Following Diagnosis

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Sevilla manager Eduardo Berizzo is set to undergo surgery on Tuesday following his cancer diagnosis earlier this month.

Berizzo only made his condition public last week, and informed his players while they were 3-0 down to Liverpool in the Champions League.


That emotional half-time team talk prompted his players to show a huge amount of heart in the second half, and the Spaniards were able to salvage a draw against all odds.

Berizzo, who has cancer of the prostate, will now have an operation and be set for a spell away from the stresses of football management as the club's assistant manager Ernesto Marcucci takes the reigns in his absence.


Berizzo said, as quoted by the Independent: "I don't like being the focus of attention. In my job, the players are the most important ones but I thank them for that gesture of support and for showing faith in their coach.

"I'm grateful to Pizarro for focusing the attention on me but this second half was so exciting for me as a football fanatic, I had my heart in my mouth.

"I'll be at the game tomorrow like I am at every game, and next week I will put all my attention towards solving this problem. I don't like to talk about myself or play the victim."