Miguel Álvarez: “We have to improve on what our opponents are proposing”
Miguel Álvarez: “We have to improve on what our opponents are proposing”

The Mini Submarine head coach highlights the team’s improvement in recent matches before facing SD Amorebieta (Sunday, 2pm CEST)

Villarreal B head coach, Miguel Álvarez, appeared at the pre-match press conference ahead of the match between the Mini Submarine and SD Amorebieta, corresponding to Matchday 7 of LALIGA Hypermotion, which will take place on Sunday 24th September at 2pm CEST at the Estadio de la Cerámica.

Here are his key quotes.

What to improve on to get the three points

We are in the process of continuing to improve. The team has improved in the last two games, although we think we need to raise our level a little bit higher. We had both the Ferrol and Huesca games, but they got away from us and that also speaks to the difficulty of playing away from home. Of the six games, we have played four away, in which we have been improving. It’s not easy to compete with a young team, and even more so away from home. We’re on the right track, but we have to continue to look after the area, especially defensively. There are a lot of things to improve, but we’re happy because we’re on the path of guys who are improving.

The opposition: Amorebieta

I see the match in what the opposition does. Of those who have gone up, we have already faced Ferrol and Ourense, and now we have Amorebieta and Alcorcón. These are four teams that are in LaLiga Hypermotion on their own merits. It should be noted that this team has a great base from last year and their numbers say it all: they have beaten teams like Albacete, Espanyol, Andorra or Mirandés… They are a team that scores a lot of goals and, in addition, they are good at offensive set pieces, they work well on the counterattack. They also have a good command of direct play, good wing play and a good defensive level. We have to improve on what our opponents are proposing. So, we have to control the pressure, the losses and the vigilance. For our part, the team is working very well and we are convinced that we will accelerate to improve those small details to be a more competitive team in this division.

Luis Quintero 

Luis Quintero is a boy with a lot of quality, who had a great season in the U29s. Now, Amorebieta are having a great season and, therefore, he has to fight to get his minutes and wait for his chance.

Carlos Romero’s first-team debut

I was able to enjoy his debut at the stadium. I think Carlos grew into the match, doing what the head coach asked him to do, like making the pitch wide and being brave. In addition, he had a great passing accuracy. In fact, he gave the pass for the first goal. I saw him very well. That’s our job at Villareal B, to be able to prepare the boys so that when they go up to the first team, they give a good level. As a coaching staff, there is no greater satisfaction than seeing them up there.