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“We have to be strong without the ball”
“We have to be strong without the ball”

Miguel Álvarez has stressed that his team must be effective in both areas in order to beat CD Tenerife (Sunday, 6:30pm CET)

Villarreal B head coach Miguel Álvarez spoke to the media ahead of Sunday’s game against CD Tenerife, which kicks off at 6:30pm CET at the Heliodoro Rodríguez López.

“It’s been a week of hard work. We’ve focused on what we’re doing well and where we’re failing. We have a lot of lads who are with the first team and we’ve had to bring up some very young players. That gives us a lot of happiness and personal satisfaction, but we have the challenge of getting them to adapt as quickly as possible and to be competitive,” said the coach from Jaen.

As for their next opponents, Miguel Álvarez praises their strength at home and highlights the great challenge that Villarreal B face in trying to win on island territory: “They have a great squad. We have to counter their strengths and attack their weaknesses. They have only lost five points. They are very strong at home and they have a very tight crowd. It’s a challenge for us to go and win there”.

For Miguel Álvarez, the recipe for victory in Tenerife involves several factors: “We have to have personality and play well, but the team already does that. Now we have to be competitive in what is important in football. We’ve conceded a lot of goals this year and we’re working hard, but we need to be able to project that into the games. It’s very important to take care of the game without the ball.”

In the same vein, the Mini Submarine coach is expecting a tough game, in which his team will have to be solid defensively: “They’re a team that will put us under a lot of pressure, who have good direct play, wing play, and who also know how to link up. The opposition will play and they’ll take the block into the box. We have to know that and do what we have to do. Even if we are brave and look to go forward, the opposition will force us back. This is difficult for young players. The second moves and the vigilance. It’s hard to work with young teams. We are penalised in the penalty areas and we have to improve it. We’re working on improving it and we’re going to remedy it.”