Barragán: I’ve always been confident in my ability
Valencia full-back Antonio Barragán believes his team will be recovered and well prepared, even after their Europa League trip to Bulgaria, to fight for three points against Real Sociedad on Sunday.
At a press call on Friday, following the team’s return from a triumphant result against Ludogorets in Bulgaria, Antonio Barragán spoke appreciatively of the opportunities that manager Juan Antonio Pizzi has presented him in the first-team, whilst confident he can make the most of them.
“He’s given me minutes and confidence to offer what I know I can. Little by little, I’m improving. I’ve always tried to work the same way and earn the confidence of the manager in training, so that he can choose me in the starting eleven. I’ve struggled a bit to prove myself, but I’ve always been confident in my ability to demonstrate what I have.”
Normally a full-back, with injuries restricting the Valencia manager’s options against Ludogorets on Thursday night, Barragán played in central midfield. He took full advantage of that opportunity, by quickly firing his side into the lead, after just five minutes.
“Playing in a more advanced position, I have more options to take advantage of scoring chances. I always work as hard as I can, to play my part.”
Barragán also told how Dani Parejo, the man he replaced due to injury, sent his congratulations on the performance and the goal.
“He congratulated me for scoring the goal and for how I played. He’s a great friend and a great player, who has been in superb form and really helps the team.”
Attention now turns away from the Europa League, ahead of another tough trip this weekend, Valencia head to Anoeta on Sunday. Barragán believes his team will be ready for the game and keen to take all three points.
“We have enough time to rest and prepare for the game. We want to have a good match and get the three points. It’s true that Real Sociedad are ahead of us, but we’ll be trying to cut the distance between us. We’ll confront the game as if they were European rivals. We need to get these three points, so we can keep growing.”