Sevilla suffer at the Bernabéu thanks to the 'Schuster Curse'
Sevilla beat Real Madrid on December 7th 2008 but the manager, Bernd Schuster, was sacked by los Blancos and they have not won since, a run of 12 games.
Sevilla have been in amongst the top teams in Spanish football for years but have had issues on the road during that time. The Camp Nou, Mestalla, San Mamés, Vicente Calderón and the Santiago Bernabéu have all been arid hunting grounds for the Andalusian side.
Not since the 7th of December 2008 have Sevilla travelled to Madrid to play lose Blancos and left with a win, or a draw. They won that day 3-4 under the management of Bernd Schuster and it caused the sacking of the German manager, who had deemed it 'impossible' to beat Barcelona at the Camp Nou the following week - a game they subsequently lost 2-0 before they lost the league title to their rivals too.
The defeat came courtesy of goals from Adriano, Romaric, Freddy Kanoute and Renato while Raul, Gonzalo Higuain and Fernando Gago kept Real Madrid in it until Renato's late strike.
The ousted German, Schuster, put a hex on his executioner, however, as they have gone 12 games at the Santiago Bernabéu without picking up as much as a draw.
Nine of those games have come in LaLiga, one in the Copa del Rey and two in the European Super Cup. The return game, however, has been fruitful for Sevilla as they have won five times across that same span at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Educardo Berizzo took the reins last summer after Jorge Sampaoli's departure and will be trying to reverse the 'Schuster Curse' at the first time of asking on Saturday afternoon.