Imanol: ‘The objective is very clear: to be fifth’





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At the time that throughout the season he has referred Imanol, with only five games to go, “the objective is very clear” for the coach. And for the first time he openly exposes it: “We are fifth and we want to maintain the position.” The coach is clear that “entering the Europa League for the second year in a row is very important for me, for the club and for the players.” And to achieve that goal, it is clear that “we will not lack ambition; and I don’t work either ”. However, the coach does not want to take anything for granted, in view of his analysis of the rivals: “Villarreal was made to play the Champions League and is behind, Betis arrives fresh and Granada does not stop competing.” For all this he concludes that “they will demand the best from us until the end of the season.”

The Gipuzkoan coach again did a simile with a marathon. “With five kilometers to go, we have changed the rhythm, we have released a couple of meters to the rivals and we are going to see if it is the final one to reach the finish line.”

With five kilometers to go, we have changed the rhythm, we have released a couple of meters to the rivals and we will see if it is the final one to reach the finish line

As on the eve of the match against Eibar, despite the fact that Huesca has the risk of losing the category, the coach ensures that “they play the same as us.” And it is that, according to the Oriotarra explains, “for us it is very important to enter the Europa League”. It is evident that the coach does not want to establish differences between the relevance of the objectives of each team. He is certain that “there is no team that does not play anything” and that “we are all playing important things and all games have their point of drama.”

They play the same game as us; we all play important things

A “very competitive” rival

Imanol he does not trust the 19th classified. He predicts that the El Alcoraz match “will not be easy” and mentions the examples of Osasuna’s triumphs at Villarreal or Granada’s at the Camp Nou. In addition, he maintains that “I know well Pacheta“, Which allows you to ensure that” your teams are always very competitive. ”

He believes that the opponent changed with the exchange on the bench: “You can see that it is another Huesca,” says the coach about the opponent, who has lost the last three games. “It is a combative team, difficult to win and it is not going to give up until the end.” Believe that the arrival of Pacheta It gave them a plus, it led to the arrival of the results and also a change in the way of playing: “It is a more worked team on a defensive level, now they get together more. With Michel they played more exposed, starting from the goalkeeper ”.

La Real has changed its game record in the last matches, against Celta and Eibar, which ended with victory txuri urdin. The opponents pressed very high and very aggressive and the Real had to give up the level of possession that they usually star in. In addition, now we are seeing a more seasoned team, the third in number of fouls made in the League. Imanol first he shows his dislike for that statistic because he maintains “many of those fouls were not”, but later he affirms that “I like it”. He argues it this way: “We lacked that point of aggressiveness and biting and the team has managed to have it. It has given us a plus on a defensive level ”. That competitive streak exhibited in these last two appointments was not easy to see in recent seasons: “I am very happy that we also know how to face different matches that we did not know before, we have taken a little step,” confirms coach Txuri Urdin.

We lacked that point of aggressiveness and biting and the team has managed to have it. It has given us a plus on a defensive level