Sevilla eye double over Real Madrid

MADRID – Having already fallen victim to one team revived by the arrival of a new coach, Real Madrid face another when Unai Emery’s Sevilla visit the Bernabeu in La Liga on Saturday.

Saturday
Mallorca         vs     Osasuna        17:00   
Celta Vigo         vs     Valencia        19:00   
Levante         vs     Malaga        21:00   
Deportivo         vs     Granada        23:00   
Real Madrid         vs     Sevilla

Sunday
Barcelona         vs     Getafe            13:00   
R Zaragoza         vs     R Sociedad        18:00   
Athletic         vs     Espanyol        20:00   
Rayo         vs     Atletico        22:00   

Monday
Betis         vs     Valladolid        22:30   

MADRID –
Having already fallen victim to one team revived by the arrival of a new coach, Real Madrid face another when Unai Emery’s Sevilla visit the Bernabeu in La Liga on Saturday.

Granada coach Lucas Alcaraz marked his debut with a shock 1-0 win over the misfiring champions last weekend, and with Jose Mourinho’s side distracted by the return of Champions League action next Wednesday, it is Emery’s turn to try his luck.

The former Valencia and Spartak Moscow coach was brought in to replace Michel four weeks ago, and has inspired a turnaround in Sevilla’s fortunes.

He has guided them into the King’s Cup semi-finals, where they trail 2-1 to Atletico Madrid from the first leg, and to one draw and two wins in the league, though they still lie only 11th in the standings.

“The coach has played a major part in the improvement in the style of play and the results,” Sevilla coach Jose Maria del Nido told the club website (www.sevillafc.es)

Sevilla defeated Real 1-0 at the Sanchez Pizjuan back in September, one of the five league defeats Real have suffered this season, but Del Nido was cool on their chances in the capital.

“We beat them at home this year, but it’s very difficult to beat them in Madrid,” he said.

Third-placed Real trail leaders Barcelona by 16 points, and second-placed Atletico Madrid by seven, and Mourinho has already written off their chances of retaining their league crown.

He has turned his focus instead to the King’s Cup, where they have reached the semi-finals, and the Champions League which returns to the Bernabeu next Wednesday, when Manchester United visit for a last-16 first leg match.

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