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Dani Rodriguez: ‘We’ll fight until the very end to stay up’

The midfielder spoke to Play Red about our upcoming return to La Liga football against FC Barcelona

Dani Rodríguez says he and his team-mates are ready to give their all ahead of the fight for survival which awaits us in the remaining 11 games of the season.

Our second-highest goalscorer having hit the back of the net five times this campaign, the midfielder believes back-to-back games could be a case of mind over matter – starting with FC Barceona on June 13th.

"I don’t think the league is going to have anything to do with what we have seen in the last few days before the break,” he told Play Red. “It’s going to be an 11-game mini-league and whoever is psychologically prepared for this has a long way to go.

"No matter where you are, there will be matches every few days and we’ll have the option to quickly reverse any result. I hope I can score against FC Barcelona, and above all, that it will serve us a win. For me, this year in La Liga is a gift, and despite the circumstances we’ve had to go through, I still enjoy it.”

With fixtures expected to be played every three days and behind closed doors, Rodríguez believes everyone will need to be at their best to rise to an unprecedented challenge.

 "Everyone is going to be important,” he continued. “It’s impossible for us all to play every game. There will be opportunities for everyone, and also for those people who have not played as much this year, they can be very important.”

“The game itself is going to be weird. Whoever adapts to that environment first, focuses on the game and plays without an audience will compete much better. We have all felt the warmth of followers through social networks. Both the team and I are going to leave every last drop on the field to achieve the goal. We’re going to do it for the fans because they too have sacrificed themselves throughout all this. Now we have to fulfill that on the field so that they are proud of us.”