Freddy Kanoute has admitted that he was left frustrated after Sevilla were beaten by Barcelona last night and has told how the side are worried by their form.
The Andalucian team went down 4-0 in the Camp Nou to suffer their third straight defeat and allow Valencia to close the gap on them in third place.
Speaking to the official Sevilla website, Kanoute was under no illusions that his team were outplayed by Barcelona and says that the two early goals were damaging.
"The first-half I saw from the bench and I think that we had two clear chances, but then in the second-half we could not do anything. The truth is that they were all over us and we cannot give excuses. We did what we did and I have not felt so frustrated for a long time. We are in a bad run," he explained.
"It is impossible to say that we did not play against Barca. Maybe unconsciously the team felt a little inferior and we did not begin the game in the right way. The two goals in the first twenty minutes hurt us a lot."
Indeed, the two early goals all but sealed the win for Barcelona and condemned Sevilla to yet another defeat in the league.
Kanoute admits that right now the team are hurting, but called on the fans to get behind them when they face Real Madrid this weekend.
"If we had lost two games it would not be so bad but, after losing three, it is noticed in the air. The ones that suffer are the players, but the spirit of Sevilla still lives on and on Sunday we want to forget about the loss," he mused.
"We are going to play at home, it will be historic and I want to call on the fans. They should come to the ground knowing that we will play for them and to win."
Kanoute was surprisingly left on the bench against Barcelona last night and even though he refused to comment on it too much, he said it could have worked out well.
"This is the type of question for the coach. He thought I should rest and, if we had played a good game, it would have looked like a good idea as we would have picked up points and protected a player," he explained.
Lastly, the striker was asked whether he thinks Real Madrid or Barcelona are the better side.
"I do not think Madrid are at the same level as Barca, and that is not to discredit Madrid, but I think it will be a different game because we will have everyone behind us," he concluded.
James Walker-Roberts, Goal.com