Capoue, a key man for the Submarine
Capoue, a key man for the Submarine

The Frenchman spoke about his quick adaptation and Villarreal’s aims this season

Étienne Capoue has become one of the key men for Villarreal. The Frenchman has played a total of 18 matches in LaLiga, the UEFA Champions League and the Copa del Rey (17 of them starting). Aged 33, he adapted quickly under Unai Emery and fit in perfectly with his team-mates and his performances and high hopes underline just how good he has been. Today, Capoue spoke to the media. Here are the standout things that he had to say:

Quick adaptation

“I tried to adapt quickly to the club and to my team-mates because I want to do big things and be able to speak to my team-mates on the pitch and in the dressing room. Now, I can enjoy moments like this with them. When I arrived, I came to play and I’m lucky enough to do it, but I know that if my performance drops, I’ll be on the bench.”

The match against Real Betis

“For us, it’s a final, because they’re eight points ahead of us. Winning would be important. We were very good against them when we met earlier this season, but now it’ll be different. If we play as a team, we can come back with three points.”

Lo Celso

“He’s here because he’s good a lot of quality, he will show that here and he will help us to do good things on the pitch. If he arrived on the last day of the transfer window, it’s because he is going to be important for us. He’s an international who has played for great clubs.”

Looking at the season so far

“LaLiga is the most import challenge for us. We want to be in the top five at the end of the season, but it’s not easy, because it’s a long season. If we don’t win the big matches, we won’t be there. We also have the challenge of the Champions League. We’ve got nothing to lose and we’re going to enjoy this competition.”

Competing well against big teams

 “We’ve put in great performances against big teams. We’ve lacked a few things in each box, but bad experiences give you lessons for the future. Against the big teams, we’re going to do it better and we’re going to win.”

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