Juan Ignacio Martinez is confident Levante can defeat Hannover tomorrow and therefore finish top of Europa League group L.
The Granotes have transferred their La Liga giant killing antics to the Europa League in a thoroughly impressive debut continental campaign. Currently second with 10 points, they will wind up group winners if they get the better of Hannover in their final fixture at the Ciutat de Valencia.
“Our challenge is to be the leader of the group and that means a lot to all of us here,” Martinez told reporters a short while ago. “We should not forget that it is economically important.”
Levante will apparently pocket an additional €600,000 if they can finish first.
“It is true that we are in a good time, getting good results, but this is a strong German team. We’re playing at home, but it will be very balanced. I could say many good things of Hannover but I will summarise in one sentence: they beat us in Germany with ten men.”
The 48-year-old trainer then considered the plight of local rivals Valencia – who he masterminded a 1-0 win over earlier in the season – and revealed he had contacted Mauricio Pellegrino, the Coach recently sacked by Los Che.
“For the fans it’s satisfactory, and hopefully we’ll finish the season above Valencia. But as a colleague I feel bad, and I’ve been in touch with Pellegrino because our job is complicated.”