Sevilla's record in away league games against Real Madrid is not kind reading for the team.
Sevilla midfielder Joan Jordan has backed his teammates to make their presence felt in the upcoming La Liga encounter against Real Madrid. Jordan’s side was defeated by Athletic Club by a margin of 1-0, marking an unexpected blow to their hopes of finishing in a UEFA Champions League spot. However, a win against Real Madrid could well turn things around in the right direction, which is something the midfielder insisted upon ensuring.
Jordan hailed Sevilla for being a club that does not know when to surrender.
“There has been the odd exception but that is what we’ve shown over the last two seasons. Thanks to Monchi, Lopetegui and the great group. Whenever we’ve had a blow we’ve always got back up. The only thing we can do is to keep going. We will never surrender and we are so motivated with what’s at stake. The only message I’d send is that we will fight to the death to win on Sunday,” said the midfielder as quoted by the official website of the football club.
The 26-year-old termed the defeat against Athletic Club as a “really big blow” considering the fact that the players were eager to do something big.
“I think we’ve got back up from the defeat, it was a really big blow because we were so excited to do something big. There are four vital games left. This weekend is key for us – there’s still a chance of us doing something big and that’s what we’re gunning for. We’ve been training well at a high intensity and that says a lot about the team. We have a very important fortnight coming up and no one is letting up, it’s important competition remains high throughout the team. If even a few players let themselves go, it’s worse for the entire group, but the team is switched on and no one will drop their level,” he stated.
Sevilla enjoy a very poor record against Real Madrid, having recorded 13 consecutive defeats at Santiago Bernabeu. However, Jordan refused to consider the stats as a vital factor.
“I don’t look at the stats. I prefer to analyse the games and I remember last year we played very well at the Bernabeu. They ruled out one of our goals and we lost, but we had chances to win it. It will depend on what we show on the day. It’s important to take a step forward and to think we can beat anyone if we play to the best of our ability. Playing against Madrid demands your best and we will need to reach it to have a chance of winning. The week has been going well and we are ready for Sunday,” he concluded.