Reyes aiming to haunt Atletico

Winger Jose Antonio Reyes has set his sights on ending former

club Atletico Madrid’s perfect home record on Sunday.

Reyes played a starring role as Sevilla ended a three-match

winless run with a 5-1 thrashing of Real Betis last weekend, the

29-year-old scoring twice in the first half and also setting up

Federico Fazio for his side’s fourth goal before making way just

after the hour.

Reyes revealed Sevilla’s confidence has rocketed in the wake of

that win, and is hoping they can capitalise on that with victory

over an Atletico side who have the only remaining 100 per cent home

record this season with six wins out of six.

The former Spain winger, who spent four years at Atletico before

leaving in 2011, said: “We are highly motivated. Atletico are very

strong at home, but we have our weapons and we’re going to try and

beat them, even though we’re well aware of what they are capable

of.

“The team have a tremendous desire and morale has been boosted

after the derby. We are going to the Calderon with confidence

sky-high.”

If Sevilla are to pick up three points from their trip to the

capital they will need to improve on their poor away form so far

this campaign, which has seen them earn just one win from six

games.

“We don’t have an answer for that (their away form). The team

always want to go out the same, but at times, due to our opponents

or circumstances, we haven’t done it. We’ve always gone into

matches with the attitude of trying to win, but we’ve not always

achieved it.”

It is going to be tough for Sevilla, though, with Atletico

looking back on track after a brief slump at the start of this

month.

Successive defeats to Valencia and Academica brought Atletico

down to earth following their 13-match winning streak, but since

those setbacks Diego Simeone’s men have picked up three consecutive

victories without conceding a goal.

The most recent, Thursday’s 1-0 home triumph over Hapoel Tel

Aviv, earned the defending champions a place in the last 32 of the

Europa League, and they did so without a host of first-choice

players, including star striker Radamel Falcao, Arda Turan, Gabi,

Juanfran, Filipe Luis and Diego Godin.

They are likely to return for Sunday’s visit of Sevilla where

second-placed Atletico will hope to keep the pressure up on league

leaders Barcelona, who are three points ahead.