Javi Calleja: “It is the most difficult game we have played so far”
The Alavés coach does not trust him despite Eibar’s bad streak. “If we get confused and don’t play with intensity, by the time we realize it, it might be late,” he says.
Javier Calleja has appeared this morning in the press room in the preview of the derby against Eibar with a very clear message: “We have done absolutely nothing.” The coach, what remains undefeated at the controls of Deportivo Alavés He explained that relaxing at this time of the season would be fatal, and assured that it is the most difficult game they have played so far.
Vital match for Eibar
“We think of ourselves, and we have to be smart. For us they are also three important points, and we are not going to speculate. We are going to try to propose our game and not have to depend on the opponent’s successes or mistakes. Later, knowing that it is the last bullet from the rival, the difficulty will be very great. I know the DNA of Eibar, and I am convinced that they will give everything. They will surely compete until the last day. “
Knowing that it is the opponent’s last bullet, the difficulty will be very great
“Hugo Pérez and Robert Vallribera will be called up, who have trained with us and are prepared. It is a good time for them to help.”
What do you expect from the rival?
“I hope a game in which Eibar squeezes in the opposite field and does not facilitate the combinatorial game. One of the keys will be in the transitions, whoever dominates those situations will dominate the game.”
“It may have a little smaller dimensions, but the measurements are good for playing football. It doesn’t condition that much either. It is a good stadium, in which good games have been seen, and in which I have seen teams dominating the ball. But You also have to know the centers of Eibar, the second plays, be aware of transitions, and have enough personality to make a complete game. They are going to come out very strong, we have to do more. “
“I only have good words for him. He has shown me to be a great professional and to be very involved. Since I have been, I have seen him train with great enthusiasm, and he has qualities with which he adapts very well to what I ask. He associates very well, he has a great shot, he has very good decision-making … It suits us very well. He always adds, always helps, generates a great atmosphere. The coaches want to have players of that human quality. It is important that the atmosphere is extraordinary, and that each player helps the rest to be better. “
If we get confused and do not play with intensity, by the time we realize it, it may be too late
Why is it the most difficult match so far?
“It is the most difficult game because the head is sometimes deceptive. We come after a good run, everything seems easier, that’s why it is the most difficult game. If we get confused and do not play with intensity, by the time we realize it, maybe It’s late. We have to have the utmost respect because they have been in the First Division, because they have earned it. This year they are suffering more, but the club is the same, the coach is the same, and the players are going to put us in great difficulty. “
Possible distancing from relegation positions
“We know where we come from, so it is clear that, despite having a good run, we were not going to lose our grip on our rivals. Being the first game on Saturday, getting three points would serve to put pressure on the rest, but everything happens to win. There is no other way than to win, and in our mind is to make a great effort. We are all aware of what we are at stake. “
Mendilibar does not give up, he has everyone connected, he has a huge heart and a career that I admire
“Mendi leaves a mark on you, and he is very demanding and a great person. In Osasuna I learned a lot with him. Mendi does not give up, he has everyone connected, he has a huge heart and a career that I admire, because it is very difficult to stay in the elite so long. You have all my respect. “
Work with the forwards
“We have four or five good forwards. What we try is to get as many balls as possible to them. It is true that we have to improve in offensive tasks, but I see more of what I like, with occasions and prominence. John has scored. and Joselu, Lucas has given us depth, Deyverson has come out plugged in … For me having forwards of that level gives me confidence to play better and dominate more in the areas. The areas are decisive and we have players who make a difference and they are. doing very well. “
In the mental aspect we are ‘on fire’, we are at full capacity, when the head responds, the body also
“The team is very well, some with discomfort, but at a high level. The adaptation is being very good and we will finish the season 100%. In the mental aspect we are ‘on fire’, we are at full capacity, when the head responds, the body too “.
Bad streak of Eibar
“I understand that you look at the numbers and statistics, because sometimes they reflect what the season is being, but we, the coaches, do not like to look at them, because they end up breaking. It is clear that if Eibar will not he has managed to win for a long time, it may affect them, but the only thing I can answer is mine, and I can assure that there will be no relaxations “.