Sevilla manager Pablo Machin confessed that leading La Liga after 13 games is something that was beyond his wildest dreams

The Spaniard arrived at Andalusia in the summer to take charge of a struggling Sevilla after a successful four-year spell at Girona.

Since then, Sevilla have won eight of their opening 13 matches in La Liga and took spot again from Barcelona following Sunday’s 1-0 home win against Real Valladolid.

An Andre Silva goal was enough for Sevilla after Barcelona drew 1-1 at third-place side Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

“I had never dreamed we would be league leaders at this stage,” Machin told Onda Cero.

“But I’m not a dreamer, I am quite realistic but we know that when we compete well and reach our level, we will have success.”

“The draw in the Wanda was the result that we wanted but we do not want to think of other games or depend on other sides, we just have to play our own game,

“Things can change very quickly in this league but I have said that from the beginning and football is a game of passion and for dreaming, so we will allow our fans to do that.

“We are performing at a very high level and are above teams historically destined to fight for the top positions so we will savour this position and push for more.

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“We have worked hard and we will continue to do so.”

Sevilla willl next face Standard Liege in a Group J Europa League match before travelling to Deportivo Alaves in La Liga on Sunday.

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