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Miguel Álvarez: “We are going to compete at a high level at the Ciutat”
Miguel Álvarez: “We are going to compete at a high level at the Ciutat”

The Mini Submarine wants to see how the team responds in a tough test against Levante this Tuesday at 7pm CEST

Villarreal B head coach Miguel Álvarez appeared at the press conference ahead of the midweek derby against Levante UD, corresponding toMmatchday 9 of LALIGA Hypermotion, which will take place this Tuesday at 7pm CEST at the Ciutat de València.

Here are the key quotes from the Mini Submarine manager:

A tough calendar

“It’s just a few days of recovery for all the teams. The team is doing well, strengthened by what we are doing. There are still a lot of things to work on. The team is behaving very well. We’re very excited about these next two games so that everyone can contribute and continue in this good line of results”.

Growing into the season

“We have a young team. It’s different to last year, when there was a lot of continuity from those who came up from Primera RFEF. We have to go from less to more. We’re doing well, but we have to adjust a lot of things because we’re conceding a lot of goals. We’re sensational on the ball. We can’t relax because we’re competing against top teams. Levante and Espanyol are two very strong teams and we want to see how the team responds. We are convinced that we are going to compete at a high level-“

The opposition

“The second division is extremely demanding. Levante have changed a lot of people, but they still have a phenomenal squad and a very good head coach. They are one of the teams that aspires to be in the play-off places. It’s a nice game to play. We know it won’t be easy and we’ll have to give our best.”

The key

“The keys for us are to have personality, but we know that we have to concede less because that takes you away from winning and that’s something we want to keep working on. We have to attack more and control the pressure after a loss and the vigilance. The less they get to the low block the better. We defend better with the ball because the opposition can’t do anything. Levante are going to sink us in many phases of the game and we have to be demanding there too.”


“We have to bring in fresh players because everyone is working well, but without going crazy because when you bring in people who haven’t been playing it’s better to make three or four changes and let them feel supported by the rest who are coming in with pace. We can’t go to Levante’s ground and go crazy with the changes.”