Alberto Botia: Sevilla gave everything we had against Real Madrid

Sevilla defender Alberto Botia has expressed his delight with his side’s victory over Real Madrid on Saturday and saluted Los Rojiblancos’ work-rate in pulling off the shock win.

Piotr Trochowski’s early goal was enough to seal the points and move the Seville side up to third in La Liga on eight points.

“The team gave everything it had. This was an important victory, but it wasn’t easy against Real Madrid,” Botia told Canal+.

The win marked Sevilla’s second victory of the campaign, and the 23-year-old cited thorough preparation as the main reason for Saturday’s upset.

“We had been preparing for this game all week. We ran and pressed from the start,” he concluded.

Sevilla will look to build on their victory when they travel to Deportivo on September 22.

Real Madrid have an attitude problem, says Emilio Butragueno

Emilio Butragueno has expressed his dismay at Real Madrid’s current run of form, after watching his former club succumb to their second defeat of the season against Sevilla on Sunday.

The reigning Liga champions were undone by Piotr Trochowski’s second-minute strike, a result which leaves Los Blancos eight points behind arch-rivals Barcelona.

“There is a big deficit with Barcelona, but we must continue. On Tuesday we have an important match,” the 49-year old told Canal+.

“We lacked the luck to get back into the game, and there was an attitude problem. We must be united, whether we are winning or losing.”

The Spaniard went on to comment on Cristiano Ronaldo’s much-publicised unhappiness at the club, but refused to be drawn into a discussion on whether financial motives are behind his apparent discomfort.

“He is a key player, hopefully he’ll continue for many more years here,” Butragueno added.

“[We already spoke about money], we need to return to normal.”

Madrid begin their Champions League campaign on Tuesday, when they welcome Premier League champions Manchester City to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Sergio Ramos concedes Real Madrid can play much better

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has insisted that the Spanish champions’ poor start to the new campaign which was compounded by defeat to Sevilla on Saturday night is not a symbol of a crisis at the Santiago Bernabeu but admits performances need to improve.

Madrid find themselves eight points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona, with just four points from the first four games and Saturday night’s defeat to Michel’s men was their second in the league so far after being beaten by Getafe.

Mourinho came out angrily after the game, claiming that he “had no team”.

But defender Sergio Ramos gave credit to the Andalusians believing their performance merited the victory.

“The team is struggling to win in the league but take nothing away from Sevilla,” Ramos told reporters.

“They’re difficult opponents and they suffocated us on the pitch. Even so, we could have played better.”

When asked about Jose Mourinho’s comments, the Spaniard explained that: “now is not the time to comment, because we have a week to re-organise and in the meantime we can’t get down because we have a Champions League match on Tuesday.”

Real Madrid host Manchester City on Tuesday night in the opening Champions League group game.

TEAM NEWS: Higuain starts for Madrid while Modric is named as a substitute

The Real Madrid manager has chosen to give Gonzalo Higuain a place in his starting line-up for the match against Sevilla tonight, after Karim Benzema had started their last league match, the 3-0 win over Granada before the international break.

Fabio Coentrao is not part of Mourinho’s squad as he remains suspended, but recent loan signing Michael Essien is available for selection and could make his debut tonight should he come off the bench. Luka Modric is also named as a substitute for the reigning Liga champions.

Sevilla’s coach Michel makes one change from the side that drew against Rayo Vallecano on September 2, as Hedwiges Maduro comes in to replace Manu del Moral. The switch means Los Rojiblancos are more defensive than usual, and will be playing a 4-2-3-1 formation, as opposed to their normal 4-3-3. Gary Medel will sit alongside Maduro in front of the back four, while Jesus Navas, Piotr Trochowski and Ivan Rakitic will support the lone striker Alvaro Negredo.The home side are without Jose Antonio Reyes once more, as he remains sidelined with a shoulder problem, although they do welcome back Diego Perotti from injury, and he takes his place on the substitutes bench.

Sevilla (4-2-3-1):

Palop; Cicinho, Spahic, Botia, Fernando Navarro; Medel, Maduro; Rakitic, Navas, Trochowski; NegredoSubstitutes: Diego Lopez; Cala, Campana, Manu del Moral, Baba, Luna, Kondogbia

Real Madrid (4-2-3-1):

Casillas; Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo; Khedira, Xabi Alonso; Cristiano Ronaldo, Ozil, Di Maria; Higuain

Substitutes: Adan, Albiol, Kaka, Modric, Essien, Callejon, Benzema

'I don't have a team right now' – Mourinho livid after second Liga loss

Jose Mourinho has slammed his Real Madrid side after losing 1-0 to Sevilla on Saturday night, alluding to an absence on the part of the players who offered a lacklustre performance.

Los Blancos have made a comparatively poor start to the season, picking up just four points from their first four games, which places them tenth in the table and eight points behind leaders and long-standing rivals Barcelona.

Mourinho is unhappy with the attitude shown by the players, and it would seem not only in the game against Sevilla. Cracks have appeared recently in the set-up at the Santiago Bernabeu with Cristiano Ronaldo claiming he is ‘sad’ at the club.

“At the moment, I have no team,” Mourinho said to reporters after the game.

“The first period and the second period, we got it badly wrong. It was a totally deserved victory for Sevilla and totally deserved loss for Real Madrid.

“Congratulations to Sevilla because they did everything to get the win and they deserved it without a doubt. And we deserved the loss in an awful game for us,” he added.

Mourinho continued, discussing the difficult form of late. “Today’s match was no different from Getafe. It was not very different from Granada either, apart from the fact we won. I do not think it has anything to do with the rumour of the past two weeks. For me it’s about the state of our collective spirit”.

Real Madrid take on Manchester City in the Champions League opening game on Tuesday night.