7 matchdays have passed in La Liga. While Real Madrid is perched at 1st spot with 19 points, the two Seville teams (Real Betis and FC Sevilla) have 12… if you add their totals together, that is.
While the fact Betis is underperforming doesn’t make much of a headline anymore, seeing the team of Juande Ramos with 6 points out of a possible 18 (Sevilla have one game at hand) is another matter. The team that won the last two editions of the UEFA Cup is undergoing one of their darkest periods of past years: 4 consecutive defeats in the Spanish league, and the apparent loss of the beautiful quick playing style that everyone fell in love with. (…)
Italian midfielder Enzo Maresca (who is suffering a bit of a dry spell lately in the Rojiblancos, often relegated to a benchwarming role), gave his impressions on the current Sevilla situation to the Spanish press and Gazzetta dello Sport. “People that think we may be able to repeat our last two extraordinary years would be dead wrong. No team is capable of winning so much and give a repeat performance so quickly” said Maresca. “People can comment what they see, and that’s good, but they mustn’t forget that in football, some things aren’t as easy as they appear. It doesn’t mean that our roster has decreased in quality: many clubs have a team full of stars, but they still struggle when they step onto the pitch.” argued the Italian player. “All we need to do is work our hardest, because that’s the only way we’ll ever see the light at the end of the tunnel”.
Maresca is currently out injured due to a muscular problem, but should be back to active duty in a couple of weeks, for the match against Levante. If there’s a team undergoing an even bigger crisis than Sevilla it’s precisely the ‘Granotes’: 1 point in the standings, only 3 goals scored and 17 conceded. A good ooportunity for Juande Ramos and his men to turn their season around… or get sucked into the quicksand for good.