A win for Los Blancos would all but secure the title, maintaining a nine point lead with just six games to go. Sevilla were their closest challengers for considerable time and currently sit third in the table. Although they will be aiming to finish second ahead of Barcelona, the priority is to ensure Champions League qualification. Currently they have a four point gap to Real Betis in fifth.
Ahead of the match, star defender Jules Kounde spoke to Sevilla’s media department about the prospect of facing his international teammate Karim Benzema. It’s a challenge Kounde is relishing.
“I don’t think I will speak with Benzema [before the match], it’s a good challenge against a fantastic forward that is having a magnificent season. I like facing the best forwards because then you can see what you are missing or where you really stand and I’m going to prepare as best I can.”
Mundo Deportivo shared his responses, where he also spoke on the incredible defensive record held by Julen Lopetegui’s side.
“That the team concedes so few goals is the work of the whole team, including the forwards, it’s difficult to reproach them for anything because they work so hard.”
Sevilla have conceded the least goals in the division (just 22), but have struggled to be effective at the other end, sitting sixth for goals scored.