“It’s a question of insisting, trusting and continuing along the same trajectory and if one perseveres in football, in the end it’s fair,” he said at his pre-match press conference. “We feel the push at home and it’s always a pleasure to play here.
“The league has added all the possible ways out. It’s a team that performs well but we need to win and we want to win. There's always a game in front of you that gives you the opportunity to do things well.”
While this weekend’s opponents have had a difficult start to their La Liga campaign, in Europe they come off the back of a 2-0 win against CSKA Moscow and remain undefeated.
“Before us is a team that also has suffered in the league but is performing well in the Europa League,” he continued. “It will be a team similar to that of Moscow, they had a good game and won well so the manager will be happy with his players.
“They have come from a win and that gives them confidence, the mentality is the most important thing of all.”