The defender of Villarreal Raúl Albiol pointed out that the objective for which the team is working is to reach one of the Champions League seats and highlighted the quality and breadth of the squad to fight for the three competitions.
“The goal is to be fourth and improve what was achieved last year. How nice it would be play in Champions, the difficult thing is to create a winning mentality. It is possible to fight if we are all there, we are a large squad and everyone is showing that they can contribute and maintain the level. There are three competitions and we are all important. You have to be prepared for each game, we need everyone and the squad knows it. I think so far we are doing well, “he said.
The veteran defender highlighted the team’s trajectory since the start of the season. “I think we have had quite a few good moments, we have grown and matured a lot. Despite the two defeats the team has had a growing trend, I think the players have also grown and that is the line that we must continue if we want to be up. We have a good squad and a clear idea of how we should compete, that’s the key to reaching a great final goal, “he said.
Albiol assured that it does not suppose a pressure to mark the goal of fourth place although he recognized that “it is a beautiful responsibility to be able to win” for them and for the club.
“It is good to be excited and that people are. The big prize is to play the Champions League next year, it is a complicated challenge but we have to think about ourselves, on a day-to-day basis and be excited to achieve it. “
Regarding the next game, against Tenerife in the Copa del ReyHe pointed out that “it is a final, you cannot fail or lose focus because it is a match and you cannot get lost.”
“Everything is equalized and makes it very complicated, so we go with the idea of the previous qualifiers: match the intensity and motivation of the opponent“, said.
The Valencian footballer praised this competition model for a match: “It is a more beautiful and even competition, it is difficult since they can eliminate you at any time, but it is much prettier. You can also fall at any time, but it is true that it is more interesting and opens more options for all teams “.
“I feel very comfortable from day one and that makes everything easier. The motivation is to enjoy every moment until the end of my career. Many people thought that I came to spend time at home and I have shown that it is not true . I came from Italy to show that I could compete here and do it at the level that I did there, “he said about his personal situation.