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Marcelino: I’m incredibly proud of Villarreal

by Tom Conn | Posted on Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Villarreal manager Marcelino stated that he was incredible proud of his side in their hard-fought 0-1 win over Malaga on Wednesday evening.

Marcelino, Villarreal

In his post-match press conference Marcelino was satisfied with his team’s overall performance at La Rosaleda and highlighted his team’s persistence as they look to continue climbing up the La Liga table.

“We had 70 minutes, where we played very well in the opposing half with clear chances on goal.  Sometimes they were stopped by Kameni and others because we weren’t able to score the goal we so desperately deserves.  It was only then that our opponent had the misfortune of scoring an own goal to give us the win.  I’m very proud and satisfied.”

Marcelino defended his seven changes from the squad who beat Athletic Bilbao this past weekend, proving that he is able to safely interchange players at a moment’s notice in order to keep the players fresh over a long campaign.

“I’m certain that now they won’t doubt my substitutions, that’s why I’m still annoyed by the final three poor minutes against Vienna.  The players proved themselves against a team that prevented much more of a challenge than Rapid.  They are all working hard to be able to give the best they possibly can.”

Marcelino concluded by admitting that 13 points out of 15 after Week 5 is something they would’ve definitely signed up for at the beginning of the season and was pleased to see a packed house at El Madrigal spurring them along.

“To have 13 out of 15 points is something to be very happy about.  Now, we’re going to enjoy this victory and prepare for the next match in our house.  We hope El Madrigal is full like it was against Athletic and that they help us.  Beating Atletico Madrid would be the icing on the cake to top off an extraordinary week.”

Villarreal are currently third in the La Liga table, with a goal difference of 7 with 11 goals scored and just four allowed already this season.

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