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Although this weekend’s La Liga results won’t be decisive, a Sevilla win could inadvertently help Barcelona.
That is always assuming that the Catalans pass a tough test in Cádiz, of course.
If Barça get the three points and Real Madrid lose in Seville, it would allow Ronald Koeman’s team to draw with Los Blancos and still have a game in hand.
In addition, the pressure on Zinedine Zidane, who will know that a defeat at Sánchez Pizjuan and another bad result against Borussia Monchengladbach in the middle of the week could mean the end of his stage at the Santiago Bernabéu.
Real have only won in two of their last eight visits to Sevilla and, without Sergio Ramos, they always seem to have problems.
Not that that’s a concern for former Barça player Ivan Rakitic.
“We have to forget about the game against Chelsea and prepare for a good game ahead.
“We have a very positive dynamic in La Liga and we have to continue facing it with great joy and confidence, because we are a team that does many things well.
“I think we should think about ourselves. We know who Madrid is, how they play and what they are capable of. It’s a long season and we all know that everyone goes through good times and bad times.
“We don’t pay attention to our rivals, we just focus on our own. To beat Madrid you have to play a full game. We have to go for them. “
That will be music to the ears of Koeman and his squad who, if other results also go well, could end the weekend in a healthy fifth place in the Spanish top flight.