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"Operation 30," Real Madrid called it, and its brilliance lay in its simplicity. Before Sunday's 9-1 win vs. Granada there were 10 games to go and 30 points left: win all 10, pick up 30 points and they would be champions. There was just one tiny flaw in the plan: win all 10, pick up 30 points and Real Madrid still might not be champions. "Are you confident that if you win every game, you'll win the league?" Carlo Ancelotti was asked. He responded with a shrug of the shoulders, a raised eyebrow and a laugh. "No," he replied.
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It also softens the blow from the absence of Gareth Bale (knock), who is being rested with one eye on Tuesday's UEFA Champions League quarter-final first-leg tie at rivals Atletico Madrid. And with James Rodriguez, Toni Kroos (both suspended), Sami Khedira (back) and Fabio Coentrao (knee) all unavailable, Ancelotti will be delighted to have his talisman in contention.
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Holders Sevilla FC have come to define the word 'effective': clinical in front of goal; resilient defensively; a constant threat from set pieces; and comfortable with or without the ball. After his side's round of 16 exit to the Andalusians, Villarreal CF coach Marcelino noted: "Sevilla have the ability to win games without necessarily playing that well." Within Unai Emery's favoured 4-2-3-1 formation, they have the strength in depth to maintain their shape and tempo.
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Villarreal goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo fiercely criticised his team's attitude following their surprise defeat at home to Espanyol on Thursday, and urged them to produce a better display at Getafe on Sunday. The 3-0 reverse to Sergio Gonzalez's side was Villarreal's heaviest defeat of the season, capping a rotten run of form which reads four defeats and two draws in their last six outings.
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"We want to add consistency to the performance we gave on Wednesday but be more ambitious and daring because we need to win," he said at a Press conference. "We want our fans to see a solid team, who work hard, deliver results and are committed to pulling themselves out of the situation which we all find ourselves in.