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“We are ready”
“We are ready”

Miguel Álvarez stressed the importance of keeping the ball and being brave against Nàstic de Tarragona (Saturday, 9pm CEST)

Villarreal B coach Miguel Álvarez spoke to the media ahead of the game against Gimnàstic de Tarragona, which will be played this Saturday at 9PM CEST at the Estadio de Balaídos, in the final of the Second Division promotion playoff.

The coach from Jaén has assured that the Mini Submarine are ready to compete in a match of this calibre: “I’m convinced that the lads are ready to compete against any opponent. We believe in our work. At this stage, previous experience is no longer enough. The key is the players. We have to enjoy ourselves, find solutions to every game situation and be versatile. We are ready for this final.”

Miguel Álvarez also pointed out the virtues of Nàstic, a very competitive side with few weaknesses: “The best references we have are the games we have played against them. It’s a team that defends well and hardly concedes. We have to do things well when we have possession and take care of the aspects without the ball. We are aware of their strengths, we know their best players. Now it’s time to try to be protagonists and let the players do the talking on the pitch.”

For the B team coach, it is vital to maintain their identity in order to get closer to victory against the Catalan side: “It’s a great challenge to play this important and beautiful game. Despite having a certain advantage in that a draw would be enough for us at the end of extra time, we’re not thinking about it. Our idea is to go out and attack the opposition, stay close to the opposition’s goal and be the protagonists with the ball. That’s what brings us closer to victory. If we deviate from that script, we have less chance of winning.”

With regard to the atmosphere, Miguel Álvarez stated that there is a sensational atmosphere ahead of this historic match: “We are feeling good. We are happy to have got this far and to have beaten Logrolés last week. This team is a family and the atmosphere is sensational. We are calm. It’s an important game, but it’s only one game. The lads are excited and they show it in their play.”