Madrid - Sevilla coach Joaquin Caparros announced on Sunday that he has
chronic leukemia but says the condition is under control and will not
prevent him continuing in his job.
The 63-year-old, who took over last month after Pablo Machin was
sacked, was speaking after Sevilla's 2-0 victory over Real Valladolid in
"I have chronic leukemia," Caparros said in the post-match press
conference. "I have caught it early and can live a normal life.
"I want to enjoy my job and for everyone to stay calm. I've had no
treatment and am grateful for the club giving me the opportunity (to
Previously Sevilla's sporting director, Caparros is now acting as
coach until the end of the season, with the team winning four of his six
games in charge so far.
Another former Sevilla coach, Eduardo Berizzo, announced in November
2017 that he was suffering from prostate cancer. He was sacked a month
later following a string of bad results.
The victory over Valladolid moved Sevilla up to fifth in the table
after two goals in the final six minutes from Roque Mesa Quevedo and
Munir El Haddadi.
They are now only a point behind Getafe, who they play later this month after a crunch derby at home to Real Betis next weekend.
"My goal is the Champions League, that's very clear," Caparros said.
"That is our objective and we are going to do everything we can to
Getafe kept their own remarkable bid for Champions League
qualification on track by edging past Athletic Bilbao 1-0, Angel
Rodriguez Diaz on target to seal his side's first win in four games.
Alaves were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Leganes while Huesca scored
two of three goals in six second-half minutes away to Levante, but it
was only enough for a 2-2 draw.
Despite signs of a revival in recent weeks, Huesca remain six points
adrift of safety while Levante sit three clear of 18th-placed
Villarreal, who were beaten 2-1 by Real Betis.
Giovani Lo Celso scored twice for Betis, who keep alive their hopes
of securing European League qualification. They sit three points behind
Valencia in sixth.