Seville and the fear of another 2005

Justo antes de iniciar su era de los títulos, el club de Nervión vivió un final de año que se parece a éste: el Betis le quitó la Champions y ganó la Copa.

The defeat against Real Madrid has left a trace of pessimism in Sevilla that would only be wiped away by defeating the now reborn Levante in Orriols. Winning the granotas also becomes essential to scare away, at least for now, a ghost that is already beginning to haunt and frighten Nervión: the one from 2005, when similar coordinates were given with respect to the eternal rival, Betis.

So, the green and white They ended up overtaking Sevilla in the standings to snatch a Champions position from them, and then they were also proclaimed champions of the Copa del Rey. At this point in the season, on matchday 32, Betis (51 points) was one point behind Sevilla, which was third in the standings. The Nervionenses were tied with Villarreal, fourth.

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With a derby, which the team from Heliopolis won, in between, On the penultimate day, Betis beat a Sevilla unable to win in Getafe (0-0). And on the last date the Verdiblancos secured fourth place by drawing in Mallorca while the Red and Whites lost to Málaga at the Sánchez-Pizjuán. Days later, Betis raised its second Copa del Rey at the Vicente Calderón after beating Osasuna in extra time.

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That tremendous stick turned the Nervión club upside down. Joaquín Caparrós left after a transition that had stabilized the team in Europe, and Juande Ramos arrived. The Manchego coach took advantage of qualifying for UEFA a year later by lifting the first of the many continental titles that Sevilla has accumulated during the last three decades. Monchi ended up becoming the best sports director in the world. The misfortune of 2005 gave many good results, but nobody wants to relive it now at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán.


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