JIM: Valladolid can improve

Juan Ignacio Martinez has conceded to growing pressure at Real Valladolid, but believes that his team have shown signs they deserve more points on the board.

The club are currently 17th in La Liga and play host to Sevilla in Week 9 with just the one victory to their name so far this term.

“More than concerned, I am busy with the current situation,” Martinez has reflected this week on Cadena SER.

“I am not making excuses, but it is true that we have suffered adversity with injuries. We have a quality squad and we have competed well against teams with quality – I will not suggest that we could have won every game otherwise, but it is what has happened.

“We must be critical also and we must start picking up the three points in games, which will be important for our future in La Liga.

“My position? In football, the Coach’s job is supported by the trajectory and if you do not win, it is very difficult to be certain.

“It might sound like a cliché, but we are just thinking about the next game, at home to Sevilla, and if we are able to win, it will boost our self-esteem.

“We have been competitive and have done things right in terms of the mood that we have put forward, but we have not played at the same level across the first and second halves of games, such as those against Atletico and Barcelona.

“The first to put pressure on the situation is me and it is clear that things are not going well when you have won only the one game, you have to be critical.

“The club have been supportive, but I understand the law of football and results, even as we have the potential to change things and the team deserves to add victories, starting against Sevilla.”

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