Caparrós: I’ve asked for absolutely nothing
Levante manager Joaquín Caparrós spoke briefly about his own future at the club, amidst talks to renew his contract, denying he’s made specific demands to the board, in order to remain. Focusing on the game against Elche, he expects a tough encounter, but one his team will aim to secure three points from.
Despite reports that have suggested Joaquín Caparrós has demanded a striker, prominent additions to his squad, or more ambition from the board, during his negotiations to remain as manager at Levante next season, he denied that he’s made any such demands or even plans regarding the team, ahead of next season.
“I’ve asked for absolutely nothing. I haven’t decided anything about players. We’re still working on this season. The sports directive and the president know our opinion and nothing more. Right now, all we need to focus on is finishing this season and then, well plan, we’ll talk…”
Goalkeeper Keylor Navas being absent from training also caused tongues to wag speculatively, but the Levante manager assured that there was no ulterior motive, that the Costa Rican had been granted leave of absence to register paperwork for his child at the consulate.
Turning attention to Friday’s game at Elche, Caparrós underlined that his team are very much aware that their opponents will be fighting for their lives.
“There’s less games to play all the time, just four games left now. We’re facing a team who have had a magnificent season. The game tomorrow is the sort of game they’ve wanted, after a year of trying to keep themselves up at this level.”
“It’s going to be a hotly contested game and we’ll have to see if we’re up to the level we’ve shown in away games, if we’re a team that has no doubts about the chances we’ll have, against a team that will very much want these three points.”
After whistles from some sections of the crowd at the Ciutat de Valencia last weekend, during and after the 0-0 draw against Getafe, Caparrós sees such a demanding reaction from Levante fans, as a positive sign of their ambitions for the team.
“I always see the bottle as being half full. It’s a good sign. It’s because the team has been doing things well and because the team is where it is. It’s important for the fans to urge the team on. We’re all professionals and we have to be ambitious. In the end, it’s a sign that the players are doing well and we have to finish our job.”
With some players out of action ahead of the game, Caparrós pointed out that it’s a chance for those who step into the team, to prove their worth.
“This is a good way for them to validate themselves. Our mentality as a team has to be that there’s twenty-four lads who can play, plus there’s also lads from the B team that have come through.”