Real Valladolid players angered by Real Madrid postponement
Real Valladolid players have expressed their disappointment and anger, given their match against Real Madrid has been postponed this weekend, due to the busy schedule of Los Blancos in the Copa del Rey and the Champions League, feeling such a move is prejudicial against their chances of fighting for survival in the Primera.
Few have been able to hide their annoyance at Real Valladolid, after their schedule La Liga match against Real Madrid this weekend, was postponed due to the busy schedule of their opponents.
Manager Juan Ignacio Martínez was fuming when the LFP announced their decision and that anger was also shared by the players, starting with captain Javier Baraja.
“Clearly this affects us. This doesn’t benefit any of us. We’ll be going seventeen days without playing and our rivals will have played two games, before we return to action. This isn’t just about our position in the table, it also affects us mentally.”
Having got his frustrations off his chest, Baraja suggested that they must now try to make the most of the situation, rest, recover and plan ahead to their next scheduled encounter, against Celta Vigo on Monday 28th April.
“We just have to face this situation the best way we can, play against Celta with all our focus and at the very least, try to make the most of the rest we’ll have had.”
Víctor Pérez also vented his fury, feeling that the decision to postpone the game is prejudicial to the chances of his team, in what is such a vital stage of the season, even though it will benefit Real Madrid and their chances in Europe.
“We’re pissed off about this and we don’t like it one bit. We’ve been playing well recently and working hard. Now we’ve got to stop for sixteen days without competing. It makes absolutely no sense as far as we’re concerned. Sure, obviously it will help one of the Spanish teams in Europe, but for ourselves, it clearly works against us. It isn’t fair on us, or the teams around us who are also watching our results.”
Trying to maintain the competitive edge of the team, beyond normal training sessions, earlier this week Real Valladolid played a training match against the regional selection of Castille León. Next week, they have scheduled a friendly match away at Burgos CF, in order to hone their match sharpness, ahead of the following La Liga encounter against Celta Vigo.