Sevilla in better shape than Real Madrid, says Vitolo

The 24-year-old is eagerly anticipating Tuesday’s meeting with Los Blancos and is hopeful that Unai Emery’s men can spring a surprise

By Francisco Rico

Victor ‘Vitolo’ Machin believes that Sevilla are in better physical condition than Real Madrid ahead of their Uefa Super Cup clash in Cardiff.

The two Liga sides will locks horns on Tuesday evening and the winger believes that the Rojiblancos can spring a surprise against the Champions League winners.

“I think many people have already said that we might hold the edge from a physical point of view and that we might be better prepared,” Vitolo told Goal.

“A lot of Madrid’s players were at the World Cup and only just returned from their holidays. They have had little time to train and get back in shape. That could be an advantage for us.

“It’s clear that this is a great opportunity to win another title and will give our all to win it. I am calm and focused on the game. We are preparing with tranquillity and humility. We will see what happens.”

The 24-year-old also had his say on reports that Cristiano Ronaldo could miss the Super Cup showdown, revealing that he expects the Portugal international, who is still recovering from the effects of an injury-interrupted end to the 2013-14 season, to make an appearance in Cardiff.

“Cristiano Ronaldo will definitely play because he is very committed to Real Madrid,” Vitolo stated.

“He is the best player in the world together with Lionel Messi. It will be difficult to stop him, but the coach [Unai Emery] will know how to do it.”

There is also some uncertainty over who will start in goal for Madrid, with Los Blancos having signed Keylor Navas during the close-season to compete with club captain Iker Casillas for the No.1 jersey.

However, Vitolo says that Carlo Ancelotti’s selection headache is of little concern to him.

“I don’t care who will be the goalkeeper for Madrid,” he confessed. “The only thing that matters is that we have to score and I hope we can win.”

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