Setién: “With Real Madrid, it’s always indecipherable”


Villarreal’s coach, Quique Setién, explained the difficulty of facing Real Madrid, an “indecipherable” rival, and the importance of being “hit” at the Santiago Bernabéu this Saturday on matchday 28 of LaLiga Santander.

“You never know what is better or worse against Madrid. You don’t know if it is better to dominate or to be dominated. Whether to have chances from the beginning or score at the end. It is a different team from all the others. With Madrid, it is always indecipherable You don’t know what their reactions will be, your moments to hurt them. It’s difficult to prepare a match like this,” he said at a press conference.

The Cantabrian coach thus valued a Madrid that will arrive grown after beating FC Barcelona in the Copa del Rey. “Obviously, being successful and that the opponent does not have such a level of success is what influences the most. Success is the most important thing and being able to defend well. Against Madrid it is impossible for them not to generate 4 or 5 chances for very good you do things,” he said.

“We will have some and we must get it right and they don’t get it right in order to win,” he added, about the options of a Villarreal that has very competitive precedents in 2023. “The January games against Real Madrid (1-0 and 2-3 ) were open matches and with alternatives. We made it quite difficult for them at the Estadio de la Cerámica. We must give it credit because it is a team that is not easy at all”, he pointed out.

I trust Setién to be able to see the good version of his team, which comes from beating Real Sociedad to hold on to the fight for the ‘Top 4’ in the table. “We hope to be able to give that level and play a similar match. Then we’ll see how successful we are. The game plan is one thing and what can happen on the pitch is another. We know we’re up against a difficult opponent. We have to do things well and be focused. They are decisive in their area and it is difficult to score against them”, he stated.

In addition, the ‘submarine’ coach was asked about the trip of 700 fans to the capital to support the team. “It is very good that the fans travel and accompany us to the Bernabéu. We will try to transmit to them the enthusiasm, desire and expectations that we have to achieve a victory there”, he concluded.