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Setién: “We know what’s in play”
Setién: “We know what’s in play”

The Villarreal head coach has stressed that a win against Real Sociedad would bring the team closer to the Champions League and strengthen their European hopes (Sunday, 6:30pm CEST)

Villarreal head coach Quique Setién appeared before the media on Friday to analyse the build-up to Sunday’s game against Real Sociedad (6.30pm CEST) at the Estadio de la Cerámica.

He coach stressed that the team is fully aware of what is at stake: “We are going to face the game against Real Sociedad with every guarantee and knowing what is at stake. Real are having an extraordinary season. They are in a very good position to play in the Champions League next year. We’re going to try to beat them and close the gap.”

Setién praised Real Sociedad for their technical quality and collective ability: “They are a difficult team to contain. They have great mechanisms and a fantastic tactical level, but what really makes the difference is the individual quality and talent of their players.”

As for the objective of the clash, the coach is clear: “We’re going to go for the win, but anything is possible when you play against Real. The only thing we can evaluate is our current position. We’ve taken points off our pursuers and that’s the only reality. With that, we are optimistic.”

Finally, Setién predicted a battle for possession: “We want to have the ball and so do they. We have to steal it and keep it as long as possible in the opposition half. The objective is not to have the ball, but to win the game and create chances.”