Valencia midfielder Jonathan Viera believes Los Che are obliged to finish in La Liga’s top four.
Ernesto Valverde’s side are currently 9th, seven points away from the top four.
“It’s very important because we’ve had four consecutive years in the top four and it’s almost like an obligation,” remarked the summer signing from Las Palmas in an interview with UEFA.
“It’s very complicated because our rivals are very strong, but we have to be there, both from a sporting and economic perspective.
“I think in the Champions League things have gone well, except the first match against Bayern Munich, but we learnt from that.
“At home in the League we have done well, but away it has been more difficult. It’s more of a psychological thing.”
The 23-year-old then analysed the departure of Mauricio Pellegrino and the merits of his successor Valverde.
“The truth is that ultimately the results were not positive. But hey, it is always easier to dismiss the Coach than 25 players. With Pellegrino’s exit we were very sad, it was a shame.
“Valverde is very practical. He likes us to play good football, with lots of pressure in the attacking area and lots of rhythm in training. I think that’s going to come in handy.”
Lastly Viera reflected on his own personal achievements in 2012.
“I had a very good year, with luck. I leave 2012 with a good taste, everything that has happened to me has been spectacular. I hope 2013 is also a very good year, with good health and no injuries.”