Javier Aguirre: "It will be a match of great tension and mental strength”

The boss looked ahead to our hosting of Sevilla

Javier Aguirre spoke to the media ahead of our clash with Seville. Find out what the boss had to say:  

On Copa del Rey qualification: "We don't care about the next opponent whoever we face. We take the competition as seriously as it deserves and whoever we face will be fine. The victory in the Copa del Rey was very good for us, even if it was a lower-ranked opponent. The players were smiling on the way back, commenting on the plays. The atmosphere is better and we work better after a victory. Hopefully against Sevilla we'll go out onto the pitch happy and with personality from the first minute.” 

On Javi Llabrés: "He could easily start tomorrow. Beyond the Copa del Rey match, it's a luxury to see him training and he deserves to play.” 

On Sevilla: "I think they are going through a complicated moment. They've struggled to win, injuries, non-sporting issues... I notice that they are coming here like us: hurt and wanting to win. It will be a match of a lot of tension and mental strength, of not making mistakes, of daring, of personality to want the ball. We have to play an almost perfect match against a complicated opponent. I'm not looking at the standings. Rakitic, Jesús Navas, Ramos, the goalkeepers, En-Nesyri, I had him and he is a spectacular striker with probably the best header in the league... it won't be easy.”

On the game: "Last year people criticised us for winning but not playing well and defending more than attacking. I think the results this year have not been reflected in points, but in offensive play. We have done more than last year in offensive play, with ball possession, more arrivals, goal expectation, set pieces. It has not been reflected in the scoreboard or in the results. We are on the right track. We need a positive reinforcement, a victory that tells us we are doing well. We are looking for it.” 

On Diego Alonso: "I understand that he is suffering. I came to Osasuna in 2002. Nine games, six defeats and Benítez's Valencia came in as champions. I thought I would have to pack my bags for Mexico. We won and here I am still here. I know Diego, I have very good memories of him. He is a great coach and I wish him all the best. It hurts when things don't work out. I will greet him with great affection and may the best team win. We hope it will be us.” 

On points at Son Moix: "It's hard for me to speculate. What I can tell you with certainty is that the last two matches have been poor. Two points at home against two direct rivals has meant dropping points". 

On absentees: "Larin and Maffeo were a bit injured in the Copa del Rey. Morlanes had a knock, but I think he will be fit.” 

On Luna: "He and Llabrés are knocking on the door. He arrived with a rhythm from another place, neither better nor worse, and today he is with a rhythm from Europe. He is truly integrated. I like him a lot. He's a different player and playing outside-in he's an interesting player. He will be on the bench and has a chance to play, like Llabrés." 

On few points at the bottom: "It's not normal that so many teams have gone so many games without a win. A win can relaunch you, a break, a change of coach, the return of injured players. These are all factors that can give you a boost. A win at home would do us a lot of good to reinforce the work we're doing.”