Angel: I expected to play more

Real Sociedad defender Jose Angel is determined to make the most of a rare start against Cordoba in the Copa del Rey tomorrow.

The pacy leftback has featured little since arriving at the Basque outfit on loan from Roma but is hoping to make an impression when Philippe Montanier's side meet their Segunda Division opposition tomorrow night.

“I don't know if the Coach will count on me in the cup,” said the 23-year-old in an interview with Marca. “But hopefully I can have the option to start. Whatever he decides I will abide by it, and what's important is that the team wins.

“I would be lying if I said I did not expect to play more minutes,” Angel expanded.

“Of course I thought I'd play more. But I knew I was coming to a team with an established base and it would be difficult to fit in.”

Despite only making five La Liga appearances, four from the bench, the man discovered at Sporting Gijon by Manuel Preciado is enjoying life in San Sebastian.

“I'm living with my girlfriend and it's a spectacular city to be in. We are delighted, but if Real don't exercise their option and I have to go back to Rome, I will be at ease.”

Angel almost marked one of his sub appearances with a remarkable goal on Monday night, shooting from all of 65 yards against Real Valladolid.

“When I hit the ball, I thought I had struck it well and could score. But the Valladolid goalkeeper [Dani Hernandez] did well to step backwards and save it.”

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