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The Rojiblancos boss had no problems admitting his side were utterly outplayed by Barca, but he dismissed the notion that he had one eye on Real Madrid this weekend.

Sevilla suffered their third straight loss in the Primera Division after they were pounded 4-0 at Barcelona overnight.

Manolo Jimenez’s men entered the clash hopeful of an upset but when the final whistle went, the visiting coach had to admit that the Blaugrana were too much to handle for his off-colour outfit.

“The analysis of the game is summed up in the result. Barcelona have been superior,” he said during the post-match press conference.

“To beat them, you have to be perfect. If you’re not, it’s easy to see why they can put four goals past you.

“We tried to hurt them on the counterattack through [Jesus] Navas and [Diego] Capel, but their first goal early in the game ruined our plans.”

When asked if the team wanted to conserve their energy and resources for this Sunday’s clash with Barca’s title pursuers, Real Madrid, Jimenez replied, “We have not thrown this game.

“We have tried our best to take on Barcelona, but we were infinitely inferior to them. Barcelona was my concern, not Real Madrid or Juande Ramos.”

Finally, the coach urged his players to forget about their recent rut and focus on getting back on track as their league position now comes under threat.

“The game that really hurt us was the [1-0] defeat to Getafe. But now, we must forget about all that and regroup for Sunday because we have to play for our lives,” Jimenez said.

Sevilla remain third in the league despite the heavy defeat, but they are now just two points ahead of Valencia.

KS Leong, Goal.com

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