Sevilla are top of the Spanish league
Sevilla were made to work for the win that takes them top of La Liga. Barcelona played Atletico Madrid the night before which ended in a 1-1 draw. Sevilla knew that if they beat Valladolid that they would be top of the league table. It was a scrappy game that they won 1-0 thanks to an Andre Silva goal. Sevilla were lucky though, as Valladolid had two goals ruled out for offside.
After the match the Sevilla coach, Machin said:
“I wouldn’t call it an epic victory, there were moments of uncertainty, but thanks to our defensive work and to Tomas, overall we deserved to win.”
This shows he knew that they were lucky to come away with the three points but overall is happy with his sides capability to win even when not playing so well. The win now means Sevilla sit at the top of the table one point ahead of Barcelona and two points ahead of Atletico Madrid.
Can Sevilla go all the way though? If they were to do it in any season it would be this one. Since 2004, the only team to take the league away from Barcelona or Real Madrid were Atletico in 2014. It is very hard for the other teams in Spain to compete against the superpowers of Barca and Real. However, if there was a season to do it, this would be it. Both teams have not been at their best this season and have dropped points at teams that you would not expect them to. Atletico Madrid also know this, and they really want to win their second league title under Diego Simeonei and Sevilla know that they are also a threat.
Atletico and Sevilla play each other in early January which will be an interesting contest between the two. Sevilla already beat Real 3-0 earlier in the season, however, lost 4-2 away to Barcelona. Whatever happens Sevilla know they will need to continue winning their matches, and hope that the other teams around them continue to underperform.