NEWS | 03/01/2015 | Antonio M. Leal | PHOTOGRAPHER: Helios de la Rubia“We'll field the best team possible; those who are in good shape and are not taking any risks,” said the coach.
“The game against Valencia is a difficult one in which we need everything. We'll need to defend and attack well. They're a team who have totally changed their style from last year. They're stronger and more solid. It's a very difficult match. They've shown that they're a very dangerous team at home."
“This year, they have the defensive solidity that they were looking for with Otamendi, they have a very dangerous counter-attack and players with experience. They're a team who have changed a lot from last year and have done well in the opening phase of the season."
“He's in pretty good shape, he has trained alone and now he has to train with the team. After training, we'll make a decision on whether he can play. It's a different situation to the Club World Cup, where he pushed himself to play because he wanted to. We have a lot of games after the Valencia match and if there are risks he won't play."
“I think that it's essential. It allows us to avoid injuries and have a more motivated squad. At this time in the season we need everyone, and we're not going to give more importance to La Liga or the Copa, we have to compete to the full in every competition."
“Against Valencia we'll field the best team possible, keeping in mind that there are a lot of games. Those who are in good shape and are not taking any risks will play. The priority is the match against Valencia."
“James has more physical characteristics for defensive work than Isco, but Isco has adapted very well. The mentality shown by everyone is very important in our defensive work. I think that it's the key, without hard work and fighting spirit it's hard to show the quality that we have."
“We lacked a player like him at the end of last season. He did very well when he played and now he's fully recovered. We have to bear in mind that he has been out of action for 10 months, but he has recovered well, he is confident, he is raring to play and he will be very useful this season."
Signings made by immediate rivals
"Atlético have signed an important player in Torres, and Valencia have also done so in Pérez, but I think that these teams' style of play isn't going to change. And the defeat to Milan won't have an influence, because it was a friendly to prepare for this game."