Trigueros: If we win three of our last six, Villarreal will be in Europe
Villarreal midfielder Manu Trigueros is more than content with how his first season playing in the Primera has panned out, whilst also keen to see his team secure three points this weekend, when they take on regional rivals Levante at El Madrigal.
After four games without a win at El Madrigal, ahead facing Levante on Saturday, Villarreal midfielder Manu Trigueros underlined that victory will be crucial for his team, as they aim to secure a European finish in La Liga.
“We’re really keen to win at home, with the backing of our fans. These are three important points we’re playing for, given there’s few games remaining and we want to secure our qualification for Europe. There’s six matches left and if we can win three of those, we’ll be in Europe, but we’ll be trying to win more than just those, because we’ll be trying to finish as high in La Liga as we can.”
Last weekend, Villarreal were narrowly beaten 1-0 at the Vicente Calderón against Atlético Madrid. Trigueros was pleased with how his team performed, believing they were unfortunate not to have taken points from the game.
“We know we did a good job and we had a great game. The leaders didn’t create much danger against us. In the second half, all the play was in their half of the pitch, we dominated possession of the ball and they could only defend. It’s a shame we couldn’t find a goal, but the good work we did gives us reason to be encouraged, feel strong and have good sensations.”
Trigueros also explained that even though his team have suffered an injury crisis in defence, those who have stepped into the starting eleven, have done well, but noted that they’ll be even stronger when the likes of Musacchio are back in action.
“The team has had a lot of players out injured in defence, but even so, this area of our team has still worked well in recent games. Also, we’ve missed Musacchio, who has been a key player for us throughout the season. Hopefully they’ll all recover soon, so that they can help keep us growing as a team.”
Finally and regarding his own actions this season, Trigueros admitted that he’s been delighted to have featured so regularly (29 games with 19 starts in La Liga), given this is his first season playing in the Spanish top-flight.
“At the start of the season, I would have happily taken playing all these games and at this level. I’ve had a lot of consistency, most of all during the first half of the season. I train hard every day, to show the manager he can play even more. I want to help the team and keep learning all the time at Villarreal.”