Celta Vigo defender Gustavo Cabral is convinced the Galicians will not become embroiled in a relegation dogfight like last season.
The 27-year-old centre-back [pictured, left] believes the club now has a squad capable of bringing ‘a lot of joy’ to the fans and being able to do ‘something important’ under new boss Luis Enrique, who was brought in over the summer to replace Abel Resino.
However, former Levante man Cabral made it clear that top-flight safety is the primary objective next term.
“Our first goal is to achieve safety. Once we have reached 40 points, which is more or less what you need to stay up, only then will we be able to talk about more exciting things,” the Argentine told a Press conference.
“We are on the right road to bringing a lot of joy to our supporters and doing something important, and I’m very excited with what I’ve seen in pre-season.
“The fans have noticed we’ve been working hard in the games so far and we’ve played very well. We still have two friendlies left before the start of La Liga but its good to know the fans are excited, and that transmits itself to the dressing room. Hopefully things will go well.”
Cabral, in his second season at Balaidos, pointed out that the players have adapted well to Enrique’s football philosophy, particularly on the defensive side of things.
“In our three pre-season games the team has performed well, especially the defence. When we’ve needed to defend we’ve done it very well, although when we’ve attacked we’ve also done well.
“Enrique is a very open Coach and he’s brought new ideas that we are all trying to get used to as quickly as possible. He likes intensive training sessions as he is of the opinion that you play as you train,” he added.