Paco Jemez is building up Rayo Vallecano’s test against Malaga this weekend as a game ‘of great significance to the future aspirations’ of his team.
Rayo sit ninth in La Liga, three places and three points below Saturday afternoon visitors Malaga, with both teams still in contention for European qualification.
“The match against Malaga is not a final, but it is a very important game against a direct rival,” reflected Jemez to reporters today.
“It is true that after this game there will be many more still to play, but we must recognise that the game is vital and of great significance to the future aspirations of the team.
“Malaga are one of the best teams in Europe. They are a team that has a lot of quality, they are very compact, work very well and are still in important competitions.
“They are a distinguished team that play very well together, with world class players and we will have to play one of our best games of the season to win.
“Everything will be intense for both for when stealing the ball quickly and in moving it around and making us run. Malaga are not a good rival to face in terms of having the ball.
“It is true that next week they have a very important game in Europe, which is historic for the fans, but we cannot be so stupid as to think that they will be focused more on that than on ours.
“It may be better or worse against us, but I know that we will have to play a good game in order to win.”