"It seemed to me that it means that they have respect for us, that they know they will come to a place with a strong rival. Settling to play against us means they know it will be a tricky way out. But we don't look at that, because IThe best are always in Barcelona, and if they come with the best, the greatest merit will be our victory.". These words belong to Mikel Merino, Real Sociedad midfielder, on Radio San Sebastián's SER SPORTS GIPUZKOA program. The question was clear. What do you think about Valverde's rest during the week and Leo Messi so the Champions League doesn't play? Because it is something that is seen with some concern in the Txuri-urdin environment. Messi rested is twice as dangerous. But the Navarrese doesn't put any warm cloth on Barcelona's visit to the "Reale Arena".
"We are in a good moment and confident. If we do that against Valladolid, we will be closer to getting the goal." We are excited because we are having a good time and this Saturday will be a match between two teams that play a very colorful game and want the ball"says Mikel Merino, who defends the idea of his coach Imanol Aguacil's game, although certain risks must be taken in defense." We are sure that the idea of Imanol is good. He instilled it from the first moment in us, that's what led this way, what makes us and people enjoy, and when something works so well, it must be repeated and improved. "
And is that the Royal was planted in December, surprisingly in champion positions. "We're where we deserve it. It's no surprise to us, because the work we do aims to be where we are. I dare say it is a pity that we cannot be higher on occasions that have escaped us. But we are in a privileged position, despite knowing that we have not done anything yet and that we want more. "
Because the Real is the fourth, yes; but The differences with their pursuers are slim, although Merino believes they have enough arguments to support this fight. until the end. "We have plenty of arguments and they turn this early in the season. It's a shame to see us so high, but everything is so balanced. Because it's a relative joy, because you have very close rivals and it doesn't end up opening a little" margin and you always have the concern. But the most beautiful thing is to see us up there, to know that there is a long way to go and not to let go of the accelerator, because that will lead us to open the classification gap"
The Navarrese of course the match against Barça will be very open. "These are very open games, because both teams propose with the ball, there are spaces and both are very risky. It is a kind of meeting where anything can happen. We want to get the ball out so they have to run and defend, and that kind of team also feels more uncomfortable."And when asked about Barcelona's interest last summer, in which he was followed to prepare a report on his situation and projection, he makes an elegant dribble." I am very focused on what I am. I've always said these rumors come to me because it means I'm doing my job well at Real. Also, I don't think much and just focus on doing my job, which is what will get me to achieve goals."