Juande Ramos insists “things aren’t as bad as they seem” for Malaga ahead of Sunday’s early trip to Alaves in La Liga.
Thirteenth-placed Malaga travel to Alaves a point behind their opponents and with the second-worst goalscoring record in the League, but the Andalusians have also won two of their last three games and statistically possess the seventh-best defence.
“I expect a motivated Alaves, who are eager to please their fans,” the Coach said at a Press conference.
“They were able to win at Camp Nou and draw with Atletico at the Calderon.
“It’s strange their best results have come away to big teams and that they’ve found it more difficult at home and against teams of their level, with whom they must fight to stay up.
“Each game is its own world, but our objective is leaving Alaves with a clean sheet and playing better than our opponents.
“There are many variables, so in order to win a match you have to work long and hard.
“A win is necessary every week, but it’s difficult to win games in La Liga because all the teams are very difficult.
“Diego Llorente’s errors? It’s a very subjective assessment. If you look at the numbers, you’ll see there are many teams that concede more goals than Malaga.
“We’re not a team that score an excessive number of goals, neither do we shoot that often, but things aren’t as bad as they seem.”
Malaga will be without Recio, Zdravko Kuzmanovic, Keko, Weligton and Bakary Kone in the Basque Country, but Ramos has complete faith in the more-peripheral members of his squad to take their chances.
“The team are doing good things defensively but aren’t talked about,” he added.
“The team are working better than it seems. I have no doubts about those who will play
“It’s now the time for those who have played less to show why they’re at Malaga.”