I went to the home game against Valencia last season and, thanks to some good advice from JaviNavarro a few weeks back, I was lucky enough to go to the Sevilla v. Celta game two weeks ago. You will all have seen the match so there is nothing I can tell you about it that you so not already know but I thought you may be interested in my impressions of the similarities and differences between a premiership match experience in England and a La Liga match.
I was surprised to see people drinking alcohol from glass bottles on the streets and in front of the stadium before the match. In England these would be classed as a potential weapon and would be taken away by the police.
I was surprised that the only beer served inside the stadium was non-alcoholic. In England, clubs make a lot of money from selling beer inside the stadium although you cannot drink in your seats.
In Sevilla the team arrive together on the coach but at Manchester City the players arrive on their own in their sports cars surrounded by security guards.
You get a free programme at Sevilla – in England if you want a match programme it costs about 5 Euros
At Manchester City we have a new stadium with very modern facilities – lots of bars, restaurants, television screens and lots of toilets. At the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan I think the facilities look quite old and there are not enough toilets inside.
On the other hand the atmosphere at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan is amazing. The crowd is so close to the pitch and you make so much noise – you never stop singing. I think visiting teams must find it very intimidating. Since Manchester City moved to our new stadium we have lost a lot of our atmosphere and now, unless it is a really good game (or unless we are playing Manchester United) we are very quiet which is not good.
I was also surprised that the visiting supporters sit in with the Sevilla fans and there is no segregation. We were sitting near some Celta fans and there was a lot of good humoured joking between the fans of both teams. I’m sad to say that this never happens in the Premiership – only in the lower leagues. Visiting supporters are always separated from home fans – even if there is no history of trouble between the clubs.
I was surprised that fans can come away from a match at 11.00pm on a Sunday night, go for a drink and a meal afterwards and still get up for work on a Monday morning. I think the reason we play on Saturdays in England is so that we have all day Sunday to recover.
We couldn’t find a bus or a taxi after the match so it was a long walk back to Triana!
I’m looking forward to coming back next season for my next visit. Good luck on Thursday – I shall be watching the game on t.v. over here. Here's a short video from the match.
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