Sevilla manager Eduardo Berizzo chose to reveal his diagnosis with prostate cancer to his players during their Champions League clash with Liverpool.
The Spanish side were 3-0 down at the break, and came out with a renewed vigor to end the match 3-3.
He said after the game: “I told them that you had to play with your soul, that there is no mistake that could not be solved.”
“We talked about rectifying, showing the pride we have, and that if we got the goal soon it was possible.
“They had to go out generating a different energy and people would believe. The team came out and infected 50,000 people.
“We took the risk of going for the game, and that speaks of the football bravery of the players.”
After the game, the club confirmed Berizzo’s diagnosis in a statement on its website.
It said: “The medical services of Sevilla FC report that the coach of the first team, Eduardo Berizzo, has been diagnosed with an adenocarcinoma of the prostate.
“The future examinations will allow us to decide which are the steps to follow regarding the treatment.
“Sevilla FC wants to show their full support for the coach and wishes him a speedy recovery.”
Berizzo will be operated on within the next 48 hours and is expected to make a full recovery.
Sevilla midfielder Ever Banega revealed Berizzo has the full support of the players during his battle.
He added: “It was a crazy game. We went into the changing rooms knowing that if we tried then we could pull it off.
“That’s how we have to play every game.
“We have to go out there with that attitude, for the fans that always back us and for the coach who has turned this around.
“He is the most important of all of us, he has on the right path and we are with him to the hilt.”
Berizzo was appointed head coach in the summer on a two-year deal, following a three-year stint at Celta Vigo.