Real Madrid vs Sevilla : What cannot be ignored is Real Madrid’s last match against Sevilla as they were heavily dominated and beaten 3-0 in what was the start to an awful run of games under Julen Lopetegui as Los Merengues were only able to get one point from the next four La Liga matches, which was a goalless draw against their neighbors, Atletico Madrid.
Real Madrid will be going into the match with a continuous and very heavy list of injuries as they are still without the services of Marcos Llorente, Gareth Bale, Mariano Diaz, Toni Kroos, and Marco Asensio while it was also confirmed that Keylor Navas will be missing a couple weeks with a groin injury as well.
The good news is that Thibaut Courtois returns at the perfect time as he’s called up along with Luca Zidane and Diego Altube. It may come as a small shock to some but Karim Benzema was also included in the squad list and is expected to start up front on the night.
Los Blancos have to be prepared to be tested to the limit against a Sevilla side who have been able to show that they can compete at the highest level so far this season. Ending the first half of the season in third place is a brilliant achievement (even for a team such as Sevilla) and they’ll want to prove that the 3-0 victory earlier in the season was no fluke.
As for Real Madrid, not much has changed since that match as they’ve been struggling throughout the season but a convincing win (or really, a win in any way) can go a long way to helping them secure a top four finish which, in reality, seems like the only thing we can fight for in the league this year.
Real Madrid vs Sevilla : Spanish Primera División
Santi Solari is doubtless becoming increasingly aware of the demands of being Real Madrid head coach. Even though his side progressed with some comfort in the Copa del Rey, they were still forced to front up to criticism following a 1-0 loss to Leganes in midweek.
“We are not in a good place, let’s be honest, but we’re working hard,” he said. “We’re in the Champions League last 16, a bit far behind in La Liga and now we’re into the next round of the Copa del Rey. Whatever happens we just have to win, regardless of who we face.”
The team that next stands in Madrid’s way is Sevilla, who embarrassed them 3-0 earlier this season. A double from Andre Silva and a strike from Wissam Ben Yedder, all in the first 39 minutes, saw the Andalusians rout Madrid, who were still under the guidance of Julen Lopetegui at that point.