Osasuna defender Marc Bertran is confident his team will do well during the 2013-14 campaign.
The Pamplona club have not had the best of pre-seasons, having drawn two and lost four of the six friendlies played so far, but the experienced 31-year-old [pictured, right] says he is not worried and that Los Rojillos will be ready for the first game of the new campaign at home to Granada.
“I’m convinced that the team is going to perform well and I’m not worried. We are at the preparation stage and little by little we are getting better physically.
“It’s good to win but I think the work we’ve done has been good and I’ve got a good feeling about this team despite the results,” he told a Press conference.
Bertran insists he cannot wait for the season to start after the long summer build-up.
“We are looking forward to it and we’ll fight to try and suffer a little less. It’s important to hit the ground running and collect points so we have peace of mind, which will allow us to gradually grow in confidence.
“It’s true that at times it has seemed like a long pre-season. What a footballer wants is to compete and we are all eager to start competing.”
Finally, Bertran maintained the key to gaining a respectable position in the table is to remain secure defensively, with only the top four teams conceding fewer than Osasuna’s 50 goals last term.
“It’s essential we maintain the defensive solidity we had last season as it earned us a lot of points. Going forward we are trying to change a few things and the boss insists on us playing the ball out from the back.
“I’m sure this year we’ll do better. We have players who can throw defenders off balance and good forwards who will contribute a lot.
“However, we must always be aware the important thing is the group and that we all have to pull together. We’ll have a good season,” he concluded.