Sevilla’s back on form forward Jose Antonio Reyes admits Sunday’s game against Atletico Madrid is special for him personally.
The former Arsenal man has struggled to establish himself since leaving Atleti to rejoin Sevilla last January, but exploded into life with two goals and an assist in Los Nervionenses 5-1 derby win over Real Betis last weekend.
“The game at the Vicente Calderon is a departure for me,” Reyes commented at a Press conference. “At the end of the day it’s just another three points, but it will be more special for me than for my colleagues. I don’t know how I will be received, but it’s not something I’ll lose sleep over.”
Reyes has an especially important role to play in the absence of teammates Alvaro Negredo and Gary Medel.
“We have important players,” the 29-year-old continued. “There are colleagues who can do just as well as those who were playing. This team has tremendous desire and – after the derby – high morale.”
He is at a loss to explain Sevilla’s away day struggles however.
“We have no answer for that. In the locker room or on the bus to the stadium we always have a great mindset, but we don’t always get results.
“I feel happy. In previous games I was being whistled or not playing, then the other day I scored two quick goals. Everything changes in the life of a footballer.
“The Coach gave me freedom against Betis and I felt good. I had to occupy the left wing, but I could also move around, and that suited me fine.”