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Previously winning back-to-back Uefa Cups, two Copa del Reys, and being one of the most enviable squads in Spanish football, Sevilla have fallen some way. And that's not to say they're particularly terrible now, it's just a testament to how good they once were.
Sevilla have a fabulous starting XI and players good enough to come in to make the squad competitive. Their current manager, Michel, was a star at Real Madrid and is more than good enough to guide them to a better standing than their current position.
But it's hard not to be critical of Sevilla.
Their high points in the league so far have been the wins over Real Madrid and Real Betis; one being another statement that teams can compete with the big boys, while the other was a massive boost and should have been the launch pad for a good run of form.
But that Seville derby has done so much good for Betis, while Sevilla struggle to take themselves up among those fighting for European places.
Up until this point, Sevilla have been a big disappointment, but not the biggest.
Valencia or Athletic Bilbao?
Valencia should be doing more. Valencia should never have appointed Mauricio Pellegrino as their manager. Valencia should be cursing their decision to let Unai Emery go—a man who took them to three third-place finishes in the league, effectively winning the "other league" in Spain.
Valencia are in ninth place and only have one win away from home all season. They're even behind Real Sociedad, a team who have been shocking on the road for the whole of 2012.
Coincidently, it was also Sociedad who inflicted Los Che's most damaging defeat of the season, a 5-2 thrashing at the Mestalla at the start of December.
They've had injuries to their two most important midfielders, of course. But even with Ever Banega and Sergio Canales out for the majority of the season, they should have done more.
Athletic Bilbao are nothing without Javi Martinez and Fernando Llorente. Well not really. But maybe this season is just the hammering home of the idea that Marcelo Bielsa really is loopy.
Like Villarreal in the past, Athletic Bilbao became everyone's second favourite team last season—that's Europe-wide.
Maybe the squad are just exhausted; the departure of Martinez and contractual situation with Llorente doesn't help. The team and the coach are no longer seeing eye-to-eye; that much appears certain.
But what a way to fall, from two cup finals and the hearts of so many across Europe.