Miguel Álvarez underlines Villarreal B’s excitement and underlines that the team will try and get the win against UD Logroñés (Sunday, 6pm CEST)
Villarreal B head coach Miguel Álvarez appeared in front of the media to analyse the historic tie against UD Logroñés, corresponding to semi-finals of the play-offs for promotion to Segunda División.
The manager underlined that the team are going into the important match in Ferrol full of excitement and looking for a win: “What we’ve done so far is now in the past. Now we’re thinking of promotion. We’re going into the game in good form, and we’re excited. We will try and compete and win. We have a number of important absentees, but we will try and adapt and replace them with other young talents.”
Despite the fact that a draw would see Villarreal B through after 120 minutes, Álvarez underlined that the Mini Submarine are only thinking about a win against the side from La Rioja: “If you’re playing for something you don’t work on, you won’t win. It’s true that a draw is good enough for us, but we can’t go out to get a draw. We have to do what we always do, attack the opposition, try and get as close as possible to their goal and defend with the ball. When we don’t have possession, they attack us a lot and we have problems. Being what we’re not would put the victory further away from us.”
With respect to UD Logroñés, the Villarreal B head coach underlined that they are a team with a lot of potential: “They’re a team with a high level. Last year they were in the second tier. They’re the only team that came down that managed to get into the play-offs. They’re an experienced side with very good players.”
Álvarez also highlighted that a play-off match is very special: “We’re going to enjoy it and try and play our style of football. We can’t forget about playing. We want to win, but we know we need to compete, be at our best, and try and stop the opposition from showing their strengths. When you go into the play-offs, the best teams don’t always win, it’s usually the teams that show off what they can do best. We need to show rigour, and manage what could happen emotionally.”