Former Real Madrid striker Chicharito talked about treating the derby against his old club just like any other match in his interview with COPE
Sevilla started the La Liga campaign strongly, winning 10 of 12 possible points up to this point.
The Andalusian team hired Julen Lopetegui, former Spanish and Real Madrid manager. Lopetegui infamously got sacked from Spanish and Real Madrid duty within less than a year.
However, Lopetegui isn’t the only one looking for revenge in the weekend derby, where Sevilla will host Real Madrid.
Chicharito spent the second half of the season at Real Madrid in 2014/15. However, he did make quite an impact, scoring 3 goals in the Champions League, including the memorable one against Atletico Madrid to see Real Madrid through to the semi-finals.
The Mexican scored in the league, too, bagging in seven goals in 16 appearances for Los Blancos.
The journeyman now ended up at Sevilla, where he will face his former club on Sunday.
Asked if he will celebrate if he does score against Real Madrid, Chicharito said:
“If I play and score, I will celebrate it like I’ve celebrated all my goals against my former clubs
“It’s not a lack of respect, celebrating it doesn’t mean to say that [Real Madrid] isn’t a special club to me.”
— Chicharito Hernandez (@CH14_) September 14, 2019
It’s clear that Chicharito doesn’t hold special emotions for Real Madrid in his heart. However, he and Lopetegui aren’t the only ones with an extra motive.
Sergio Reguilon is a Real Madrid right-back currently on loan in Sevilla. He is allowed to play against his parent club and will have something to prove to Zinedine Zidane.
Reguilon played excellently in his breakout 2018/19 season. Santiago Solari gave him a chance to shine, which he did, but not enough to impress the new boss – Zinedine Zidane.
It will be an interesting clash on the weekend, as Sevilla hasn’t looked this strong in a while. With Real Madrid in a turmoil, anything could happen on Sunday.