Pedraza: “Getting three points at the Bernabéu would make us aspire to the Champions League”
Pedraza: “Getting three points at the Bernabéu would make us aspire to the Champions League”

The full-back stresses the importance of getting a good result this Saturday against Real Madrid

Villarreal CF full-back, Alfonso Pedraza, appeared at the press conference ahead of the match against Real Madrid, which will take place on Saturday 8th April at 9pm CEST at the Santiago Bernabéu. The Cordoba-born player highlighted the team’s good individual and collective moment and the importance of taking as many points as possible in the remaining 11 games of the regular season, which will mark the objectives for this season.

Here is what Pedraza had to say:

A good personal moment

“When you have three months of injuries and relapses and you don’t have continuity, the first few weeks you find your sensations and gradually regain confidence. I’m getting better and better, finding my best level and I’m happy to have that continuity and regularity. It’s all about staying well and not getting injured. I’m happy to be back to the way I was playing”.

Aiming for the victory at the Bernabéu

“We know it’s a very important game and if we get the three points we can aspire to play in the Champions League. The Real Sociedad game has to be a turning point. If we were to lose, the Champions League objective would be a little long, but now we are just four points away. We have six home games out of 11 and we have to take advantage of that”.

The keys against Real Madrid

“Real Madrid are a great team. We’re playing away from home and we know we’re going to have to suffer and defend and put away the chances we have”.

11 finals

“The players know how important it is for Villarreal to be in the top positions and I think we have the team to aspire to the Champions League. The team went through a bad patch, but we have recovered our consistency. What we do in these games will determine our objectives. We have to be united. We know the importance of these 11 games that will mark the season. We all have to pull together because the most beautiful and most important thing is still to come”.

Conceding few goals

“The most important thing is to be organised, especially in pressing and we are improving and doing well in that aspect. The fewer goals we concede, the more chances we have to win because the attacking players are doing very well and scoring goals.”

Summing up the season so far

“The assessment of the season is positive because in the last three years it is the closest we have been to the Champions League. The players are at a high level and we have to take advantage of the good moment we are going through.”