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Putting in a serious performance against Santa Amalia
Putting in a serious performance against Santa Amalia

Setién underlined that his team will need to avoid overconfidence against Santa Amalia

Villarreal CF head coach Quique Setién appeared in front of the media ahead of the match against CD Santa Amalia, corresponding to Round One of the Copa del Rey at the Estadio Francisco de la Hera on Saturday at 9pm CET. Here are his key points:

The players heading to the World Cup

“They still have a long way to go, but you never know if these opportunities will come back, so they should make the most of it. Having the chance to play in a World Cup is a wealth of experience that will undoubtedly help them in the future.”

The keys to the match against Santa Amalia

“We are analysing Santa Amalia and we want to approach the match as seriously as possible. Football sometimes surprises us and this could be the case. Both the coaching staff and the players are aware that we have to compete to avoid that.”

Continuing to grow

“This match also helps us to continue to grow, not only by winning, but also by continuing to implement certain aspects. It’s an important game for us to continue to convince each other and the players know that.”

Academy players

“A lot of them will be travelling with us. It’s true that under normal circumstances they would have a better chance of playing, but the lack of knowledge about many of them makes me be more cautious. This is not just any game, it’s a game to continue improving and implementing aspects, but many of them will be starting.”