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.