A flushed Sevilla and a downward Dortmund meet this Wednesday (9pm, Movistar LC) at the Pizjuán. The Andalusian team has nine consecutive victories and is fourth in LaLiga; the German is sixth and has only won one of his last six games. The saves of Yassine Bono (Montreal, of Moroccan nationality; 29 years old) are one of the keys to this good moment for Sevilla, which has accumulated seven games in a row without conceding a goal and is alive in all the competitions it disputes. The goalkeeper's present is the result of a process of improvement since he decided to leave Morocco to play for Atlético de Madrid B, Zaragoza, Girona and now Sevilla.
“Bonus? He's offering one exhibition after another, ”says Fernando, nicknamed a father in the Sevilla dressing room because of his seniority (33 years) and ancestry in his teammates. The midfielder celebrates the performances of his teammate, who just a year ago was a substitute after a signing in 2019 that went practically unnoticed
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A mistake of his was about to condemn Sevilla in the Europa League before the Cluj . In June, however, he took the title after the injury of his teammate Vaclik in the game against Eibar. A fundamental part of the victory in the last Europa League, Bono now dazzles with his stops.
“Bono is very good, but he didn't believe it. He lacked confidence. When he has taken that step, he is a top goalkeeper ”, they affirm within the Sevilla entity. Julen Lopetegui and Monchi, coach and sports director, were goalkeepers. They both worked on the mental aspect with Bono. “He is intelligent, applied and hard-working. His great mentality is paying off ”, says Lopetegui of his goalkeeper.
The goalkeeper was somewhat self-conscious about his origin from a football like Moroccan and because of his somewhat timid character. On the first day of arriving at Sevilla, he spoke with Juan Carlos Unzué, who reaffirmed him that he had to believe in his great qualities. Unzué knew him from Girona and was a goalkeeper for Sevilla between 1990 and 1997.
Bono is a lover of his profession, to which he dedicates himself body and soul. For example, studying the tactics and movements of the best goalkeepers in Europe when he was inactive for two weeks due to the coronavirus at the end of last year. His father, a Physics teacher, did not want his son to be a footballer, but he did not hinder him. Now he collects all the shirts that Bono has been exchanging throughout his sporting career
Nervios de Acero
Monchi had very good reports of Bono from Pablo Machín's coaching staff, with whom the goalkeeper agreed at Girona, and he did not hesitate to sign him in the summer of 2019 and buy him permanently last summer for four million euros. With nerves of steel, Bono is the footballer who controls En-Nesyri, a Moroccan like him, in the dressing room. The striker professes great devotion to him. After the moments of doubt, the season that the goalkeeper is doing is remarkable. Thanks to his work and that of his teammates, the goalkeeper has not conceded a goal for 709 minutes and is 71 minutes away from surpassing the historical record of the entity, which is less than a myth of his goal as Andrés Palop, with 780 in the 2008-09 season.
“What he did against Huesca was brutal. He made the best stop of the season and is living an extraordinary moment. Hopefully I get better, "said Palop after Sevilla's triumph against Huesca last day, in which he put a saving hand on foot changed after a header from Mir at point-blank range in the small area with 1-0 on the scoreboard .