A 1-1 draw at Celta Vigo was a fortunate result for a Levante team forced to take the risks, believes Juan Ignacio Martinez.
Levante took home a share of the spoils in a game that their Coach felt they could easily have lost.
“The first half we were gifting play to Celta and in the second they could have punished us. We took risks in the second half, we brought in all the artillery and in the end we were lucky to draw. I’m happy with the result,” stated Martinez afterwards.
“Celta had a great game, especially after their efforts in the Cup in midweek. We knew that as a team they are very strong from the start and still the start to the game cost us.
“I am focused on the reaction that the team had in the second half, though, which says a lot about the group.
“We tried several different things because we knew that Celta were dropping deep.”
After impressing in the midweek Copa del Rey tie, youngster Roger Marti came off the bench with 12 minutes to go to net the equaliser, which was also the club’s 300th in La Primera.
“Things have to be said by name and the name is [assistant Coach Javi Pereira]. The kid is on a roll and Javi convinced me that he should come and play with us.
“It is important for Roger to get settled in the first team.”