Pamplona, Jan 24 (EFE).- Osasuna’s coach, Jagoba Arrasate, has affirmed that his fans want to “push, encourage and play the game” against Sevilla at El Sadar on a night in which his team will seek access to the semifinals of the King’s Cup.
“We arrived very excited. We know that it is a special, beautiful and important game”, assured the coach, who has made it clear that the head will be “more important” than “the legs”.
Arrasate said that the squad and coaching staff perceive “that the atmosphere, with each passing day, people are eager to play the game with us. Let’s see if we have a magical night”.
“It is a special game and it is palpable in the atmosphere. We have earned the right to play because we played a great game last Wednesday. We all wanted to play at home, it has been fulfilled and now we want to give our best version”, said the coach at the press conference prior to the clash.
He expects “a complicated rival, how can it be otherwise”, being aware of being able to “beat” Sevilla, something Osasuna should focus on.
He has focused on the mental aspect: “In this type of playoff there are moments when you see yourself outside, others inside and moments in which there may be an extension. You have to have that mental balance so you don’t leave the game or come up against it”.
“I have the feeling that the team was prepared against Betis for a long game. Everything that was happening was good for us and bad for them”, he has indicated about the “important” physical preparation.
“It is a brave and aggressive team that goes for the games. We are going to face a good rival that has some footballers who already have the experience of having participated in the quarterfinals, some finals… ”, he commented on the Sevillian team.