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“I’ve changed how I’m playing and I’m enjoying my football”
“I’ve changed how I’m playing and I’m enjoying my football”

Étienne Capoue has underlined his happiness at his new role and has been ambitious about the team’s aims

Villarreal midfielder Étienne Capoue has appeared in front of the media this Thursday to analyse the current situation of Villarreal CF, who face Rayo Vallecano on Monday at 9pm CET, at the Estadio de la Cerámica.

Étienne Capoue’s press conference in full (in Spanish)

The French midfielder has spoken about his new role in the team, with a greater role in attack and with more presence in the opposition half: “I’ve changed my position and my way of playing a bit. I need time to adapt to this new role. If the coach asks me to score goals, I’ll try.” In his usual jovial tone, Capoue has joked about his new role: “Now I’m going to change my shirt number to No.9, although it seems like I’m a cup player. I only score goals in the cup and that’s it. It’s difficult to score goals, now I understand the forwards.”

Villarreal’s No.6 highlighted that the team is full of confidence and playing good football: “It’s a style of playing with which we take risks, but we’re playing well, and we are confident in our defence. We need to attack well. It’s very important. We need to work hard and win matches. We want to win matches. That’s our only aim.”

The last-minute win over Girona FC was also an important boost to the Submarine’s morale: “It was a very important win for us. Mentally, it gave us a lot. We saw that you can win in the last second. Now we know that we can do that again. It gives us confidence to fight until the very end,” explained Capoue.

Regarding the Submarine’s objectives, Capoue underlined that there is a lot of competition, but hailed the Yellows’ qualities: “LaLiga has a high level. There are a lot of strong teams and we have a good team. We’re not scared of anyone. We need to fight. The only way to do so is by beating our opponents and we’ll see at the end of the season who’s on the floor and who can walk.”

Finally, Capoue, like the rest of his team-mates, is focused on the match against Rayo Vallecano (Monday, 9pm CET): “We’re hoping for a fun game. They’re a strong side who want to win every battle. They always perform well. It will be a game with a lot of goals.”