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“We needed to get back to winning ways to gain confidence”
“We needed to get back to winning ways to gain confidence”

Raúl Albiol has assured that the team is highly motivated by the vital week ahead

Villarreal CF defender Raúl Albiol has appeared before the media at a press conference to analyse the current situation of the team, which in the week in which the club celebrates its 100th birthday has a double important commitment against Anderlecht in the UEFA Europa Conference League and against Real Betis in LaLiga Santander.

Here are the key points made by the Yellows’ captain:

The team needed to return to winning ways

“With these six points we’ve regained confidence because we’re close to the European places. Now we must focus on the games we have in the Conference League and in LaLiga, where it would be very important to win to close the gap on them”.

Facing the final stretch of the season with confidence

“We are in the final stretch of the season, not far away from the objectives we set ourselves in LaLiga at the start of the season, which is to be in Europe next season. In the Conference League we are very excited, as we are all motivated by the possibility of playing in another European final.”

Match against Anderlecht

“I expect a difficult game. In Europe, any game can make it difficult for you, as we saw in the group stage. Therefore, if you don’t have a good day and you’re not focused, any team can beat you. We have to get a good result in the first leg to be able to play the second leg with guarantees.”

Special motivation for the match against Real Betis

“Sunday’s game motivates us a lot. Being able to celebrate the club’s centenary at home against a great rival is a source of excitement and desire for the team. Before that we have the Conference game and we can’t get distracted, but on Sunday it’s true that we have a big party and hopefully we can win.”