Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 4/19/13
Pepe Mel accepts his Real Betis side are expected to lose at Real Madrid on Saturday, but he is refusing to give in to such talk. Madrid are second in the table with their title hopes over, but in good form and preparing for a Champions League semi-final date with Borussia Dortmund. Betis are no pushovers, though, and are chasing a European berth for themselves next season. They are currently seventh and will be buoyed by their comeback from 3-0 down to draw with Sevilla last time out. "It is a tough game that everyone takes for granted that we will lose," Mel told his club's official website. "We will try and show the options we have, though." Despite the meek surrender of their title, Madrid have been a formidable outfit in 2013. A weakened side beat Barcelona and, with the Champions League at the forefront of their minds, they may choose to shuffle the pack against Betis. But regardless of who plays, Mel knows his men have a challenge to face. "This year no team has won ...
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