Julen Lopetegui: Sevilla were superior to Real Madrid

The Croatian midfield maestro could only watch on as Andre Silva gave Sevilla the flawless start against the European champions and joint league leaders by scoring from close range in the 17th minute after a mix-up between Real's out-of-form defender Marcelo and midfielder Casemiro.

Madrid were no match for Sevilla away from home - the Spanish capital club suffering their first LaLiga defeat of Lopetegui's reign.

Julen Lopetegui's charges were attacking in numbers in the last five minutes of the first stanza and were vulnerable to counter-attacks, but they went into the break trailing 3-0. "It was a poor performance on our part and Sevilla are deserved winners".

"The idea was to press high but it didn't come off like we'd hoped and we paid for it, particularly at the beginning".

Luka Modric was brought down to earth with a bump just hours after being named the world's best player as Real Madrid suffered a crushing defeat on Wednesday night.

Real Madrid conceded three-first half goals in a 3-0 loss at Sevilla on Wednesday, squandering a chance to go top of La Liga after Barcelona lost 2-1 at bottom side Leganes.

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Julen Lopetegui opted for a surprising change in the 70th minute as Modric made way for Dani Ceballos for the final 20 minutes after Mariano and Lucas Vazquez were introduced earlier in the half.

"The league is a marathon and will pose real challenges", Lopetegui said.

Real's wretched night continued as Marcelo then limped off, casting doubt on his chances in playing in Saturday's derby against Atletico Madrid.

"When we win, we prepare for the next game with as normal and we will do the same in this case", he said.

"This kind of thing happens in LaLiga and it will happen again, now we have to prepare for an important, challenging game at home in the next three days".

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