LaLiga on the line at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan

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With the LaLiga title race likely to be Real Madrid’s main focus over the next few months, Sunday’s trip to Sevilla needs absolutely no promoting with a media circus expected in place by the time we arrive at kick-off.The mid-week Copa del Rey encounter has left a sour taste in a lot of mouths with Sergio Ramos at the centre of the controversy following a reaction to him from Sevilla supporters.This has only added fuel to the fire with Jorge Sampaoli absolutely determined to record a win over Zinedine Zidane’s charges at the third time of asking in 2017.Sevilla can also count on themselves as being part of the title race too with the Andalusian club just four points behind league leading Los Blancos.For football purists it is a matchup that brings together many of the widely enjoyed aesthetics of the game but make no mistake, in parts it will also be a battle.For Real Madrid winning LaLiga this term is an obsession with their crown of Spain’s top dogs having slipped to Barcelona in recent years, however Zidane has led them into a position of potential glory.For Sevilla, it is more a pipe dream than an obsession yet with Sampaoli’s excellent coaching style combined with the fine recruitment overseen by Monchi, the club is better positioned than ever for a title tilt.To do that though they’ll most likely have to end Los Blancos’ unbeaten season, and that is no mean feat, with the club’s record now standing at 40 matches without defeat in all competitions.That almost ended at Sevilla’s hands mid-week but a late collapse allowed the visiting side back into the match.Real Madrid await a hostile atmosphere once more with the intensity ramped up given the magnitude of the match.Ramos’ Panenka penalty will have done little to douse tensions yet this isn’t unfamiliar territory for the reigning European Champions.They avoided defeat in a similar environment at the Camp Nou in early December and it will be a true test of their championship mettle.Zidane has been meticulous in his planning this season with the Frenchman’s focus also on ripping the title from the clutches of the Catalan giants.It has been noted how hard he was working on game-plans during the winter break and Club World Cup trip and he is fully prepared for match number three against Sevilla.Sevilla want to lay down a marker of their progress, they are viewed in peculiar terms across the continent with their fabulous continental success never quite translating to domestic honours – this is their chance.This all makes up for a spectacular showdown on Sunday in which the entire city will come to a standstill, seldom do these matches come along but when they do you must embrace them.First-teamers like Steven N’Zonzi and Franco Vazquez will return whilst Cristiano Ronaldo is approaching full fitness, Sunday’s clash promises to be a classic and deserving of all the media attention.

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