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Real Madrid’s biggest test at home
Real Madrid will have to face the huge task of defeating 4th place Sevilla on Saturday.
Los Blancos possess the strongest home record in La Liga this season but it is also true that they are yet to play any of the other three teams in the top four at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The list includes Barcelona, Valencia, and Sevilla whom they'll face this weekend only.
Real Madrid lost the first leg of this fixture 2-1 at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan and a repeat of this fate will definitely not be acceptable on Day 25 for title contenders Los Blancos.
As La Liga edges closer to its latter stages, the Spanish giants are keen to pile up more pressure on the leaders Barcelona.
The gap could even widen from two points to five ahead of this Real Madrid vs Sevilla clash if the Catalans defeat Almeria in the 19:00 GMT kick off. Slipping against Sevilla is therefore not an option for Real Madrid.
Now with the UEFA Champions League last sixteen second leg fixture against Lyon coming up next week, the Spanish giants would want to avoid any kind of demoralization by triumphing over Los Nervionenses.
Real Madrid are indeed on a great run of 6 La Liga wins on the trot.
They wrote off Villarreal and Tenerife lately with humiliating score lines and they aim to keep it up – not only to boost their confidence ahead of their European clash against Lyon where they’ll need to overturn a 1-0 deficit, but also to keep their hopes of clinching La Liga title alive.
Playmaker Cristiano Ronaldo stressed Real Madrid’s need to defeat Sevilla, saying:
“It is going to be a very difficult game. But we’ll be playing at the Bernabeu and we have to win if we want to win the league.”
Ten men Sevilla lost ground last week after being held goalless at home to Athletic Bilbao. Commentating on the outcome of the game, Coach Manolo Jimenez rued bad luck for letting his side drop two precious points.
But he made it clear that the Bilbao match was now part of the past.
“Our mission is to finish third but this point is not what we deserved,” the manager stated.
“Now our minds are set on what promises to be a very difficult game at the Bernabeu.”
For midfielder Renato, Sevilla will have to play courageously to beat Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.
“We’ll have to attack them,” Renato explained.
“We’ll have to cause them damage and we will try to take them head on in order to achieve a good result.”
Echoing Renato’s comments, Sevilla’s Frederico Fazio told AS:
“We have to be focused, not just because we’ll be facing players like Cristiano Ronaldo. Actually, we would have to be just as concentrated as if we were up against Soldado or Aduriz.”
Can Sevilla put an end to Real Madrid’s perfect home record in La Liga this season?
Previous meetings between Real Madrid and Sevilla
21 goals have been scored between Real Madrid and Sevilla in the past 5 La Liga meetings. Real Madrid have claimed 11 of them with Sevilla netting the other 10. Meanwhile, Los Nervionenses have triumphed three times over Los Blancos.
A look at the head to head
Sevilla 2-0 Real Madrid – (November 2007)
Real Madrid 3-1 Sevilla – (March 2008)
Real Madrid 3-4 Sevilla – (December 2008)
Sevilla 2-4 Real Madrid – (April 2009)
Sevilla 2-1 Real Madrid – (October 2009)
The Spanish giants have played 12 home games in La Liga this season and they have clinched the maximum 36 points out of them.
Like Barcelona, Real Madrid have conceded only 8 goals on home soil.
Besides, they’ve scored more than any other team on their own turf as they’ve netted 41 goals at the Santiago Bernabeu – 7 more than the Catalans at the Camp Nou.
A look at Real Madrid’s last five results
Deportivo 1-3 Real Madrid – (January 30)
Real Madrid 3-0 Espanyol – (February 6)
Xerez 0-3 Real Madrid – (February 13)
Real Madrid 6-2 Villarreal – (February 21)
Tenerife 1-5 Real Madrid – (February 27)
Sevilla have never held a team to a draw away from home this season.
They either win or they lose. Actually, Los Nervionenses have played 11 matches away from the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan and their form is far from being consistent.
They’ve won only six times away from home and if they lose on Saturday, they’ll be heading for their 6th away defeat in La Liga.
A look at Sevilla’s last five results
Sevilla 2-1 Valencia – (January 31)
Real Zaragoza 2-1 Sevilla – (February 7)
Sevilla 1-0 Osasuna – (February 14)
Mallorca 1-3 Sevilla – (February 20)
Sevilla 0-0 Athletic Bilbao – (February 28)
La Liga top 5 standings ahead of match-day 25Barcelona – 61 points, +45
Real Madrid – 59 points, +46
Valencia – 46 points, +16
Sevilla – 43 points, +11
Real Mallorca – 40 points, + 10