Mental strength
Mental strength

Iborra underlines that the team will need to be very focused against Celta Vigo

An important game. Villarreal’s Valencian midfielder Vicente Iborra underlined this lunchtime that the team will need to be mentally prepared ahead of the important clash this upcoming Saturday against Celta Vigo en Balaídos (6:30pm CET). “We will need to be very strong mentally, so they see that we’re strong up front and powerful at the back. We need to respect them, but be conscious of what we’re playing for too. We know how they feel, what they’re going through and we don’t want to return to that.”

For Iborra, the match isn’t season-defining. “I don’t believe it will be a definitive match whatever happens, there will be a lot games and points left. What is true is that we are rivals who are fighting for the same thing and it’s an important match for both of us, but whatever happens doesn’t mean the season is over.”

Regarding Celta, the Villarreal No.10 warns that they will be dangerous: “They’re in a situation that we’ve already been in and we know what it’s like. They’re at home and it’s undoubtedly a crucial match. We must have the same need they do, as I’ve said, we’ve already been in this situation and we don’t want to be in it again. Because of that, we need to want it as much as they will.”

The Yellow Submarine will have a large number of players missing for the match: “We have players with knocks and with problems, but we need to try and approach the match in the best way possible. We have the squad and the players to solve the problems that come up and we should do it in the best way possible. I’m sure that we will have a very competitive team in Vigo. The gaffer can count on me in the position he wants me, whether it’s a centre-back or a midfielder, what I want to do is help it in every match. I’ve been able to play in various positions and whatever the team needs to to do I can play, so I can play as a centre-back. It’s a position that I’ve worked on here and I’ve played before,” Iborra commented.

The former Leicester City man has become a key part of the team since his arrival in the winter transfer window: “I have a certain personality, since the first day, I said I was coming to help and I am doing it so the team reaches its goals, which is happening at the moment. More than playing, more than the goals or assists, what satisfies me most is to see the team move away from the bottom,” he concluded.

To see Iborra’s full press conference (in Spanish) just click on the video tab.