Paco Jemez is looking forward to playing away at Real Betis’ ground and urges that his Rayo Vallecano go into the weekend with the right attitude.
The Madrid side travel south to Andalucia this Saturday evening for matchday two in La Primera, with relative novice Jemez eager to experience Betis’ ground once again.
“The Benito Villamarin is a stadium in which I like to play, for their fans, and given it is televised this weekend, there are all the ingredients to prove that we can compete,” the Coach told gathered reporters today.
“With Betis I am concerned about everything, but my main focus is my team and we are going there to play a bold style and to take the ball and try to defend well.
“If we are to win then we have to go at them from the start and try to get the ball.
“Our attitude is going to be to make the most of every chance in the game. If our attitude is that which I saw in the last match, of a brave team, going forward, trying to pressure and not tighten up with nerves, we will have a chance to win.
“It is another thing, though, if we take advantage of chances. We are not preoccupied with whether or not the opposing team will have a good or bad afternoon, only that we go straight into directing the game.”
The home will be without main striker Ruben Castro for the next month due to a sprained ankle, but opposition boss Jemez does not see that as significant.
“Ruben Castro is a great player, he has demonstrated so for several seasons, but Betis has many options.”
Jemez then turned to talk of his own striker, Chori Dominguez, who is the notable inclusion in his 18-man squad for the weekend.
“The idea is that whilst Chori has not worked that much with the team, he is physically what we need. We take him as an alternative, he can provide us with quality minutes if we need them.
“He is an alternative that can be good to us depending on the game being played, he is one of our strengths.”