Sevilla boss Michel was right when he said that the media is looking at the wrong side of this battle.
Too often when Real Madrid or Barcelona lose, people make excuses for the loss. They try to reason how the Spanish giants failed.
Sometimes, these two teams just get outplayed. Instead of trying to figure out what Madrid did wrong in Andalusia, people should study what Sevilla did right.
Sure, the reigning champs weren't at their elite best, but that is not why they lost. They lost because Jesus Navas & Co. outplayed Los Merengues.
No excuses, no great mystery. Madrid just weren't good enough to beat a good team.
Solving the wrong mystery
The more shocking question than how Real lost is this: how did this match only have one goal scored?
Sergio Ramos had a clear shot on goal, but missed. Alvaro Negredo missed two chances. It is a wonder that this wasn't a shootout.
While the finishing was sloppy from both clubs, Sevilla was still the better team and deserved three points.
How they won
From the first whistle, Sevilla controlled the match. They scored the opener in less than three minutes and never gave up the lead.
Michel's addition of Hedwiges Maduro in midfield was brilliant. It allowed them to pressure Real every time they touched the ball and did a fantastic job of cutting off Real's passing lanes.
Maduro was the major reason the Sevillistas were so successful on defense. He shielded the defense and neutralized Mezut Ozil the entire first half.
Piotr Trochowski was the other key to victory as he marked Xabi Alonso all night and prevented the Spaniard from starting attacks the way the champs are used to.
Alonso was never allowed much time on the ball and was almost always forced to make short, close passes rather then sending the ball down to his attackers.
Best winger in Spain
A few Madridistas were critical of me when I ranked Jesus Navas above Angel di Maria and labeled him the best winger in La Liga.
Now that we have seen them square off against each other, I doubt anyone would argue against that point. Despite having a far superior team, di Maria proved to inferior to the Sevillan legend.
Navas was a menace all night and just abused Marcelo up and down the pitch. The Brazilian had no answer on his flank, and even Sergio Ramos was not enough help to slow the winger down.
For anyone who already prematurely ranks Angel di Maria as the best winger in Spain, Jesus Navas just took the Argentinian to school. I hope he took notes.