‘La Real need a win, but…’

Carlos Martinez has conceded that Real Sociedad need a win to turn things around, but says it is still not a state of urgency at the club.

La Real are without a win in eight games across participation in La Liga and the Champions League and face a challenging couple of fixtures to come out of the international break with.

For their regular fight-back, the need for three points is evident, even if recent results have not been fully representative of their form.

“There is no urgency, but we need a win to change the dynamic,” Martinez reflected this week.

“If we can win a game, all those negatives will become positive and the team can start to continue to win games. We need to win to change things – it is not urgent, but necessary for all.

“We are not winning at the moment, but we have not been bad, we have lost many games in the last minute and have had the feeling of being there and not being able to win. But we have not been a ‘horror’.

“It is said that when you are losing that the international break is longer, but I believe that the team has been good.

“Some have had to leave for their national teams, but those who have stayed have rested and trained well here. We have had a week off and are full of energy to start again on Saturday.”

Saturday is a trip out to Mestalla to take on an improved Valencia, whilst it is quickly followed in midweek by a trip to Manchester United.

“We have gone a few games without a win and that is most important. To win in Valencia would be important for the club to climb the table and for the psychological confidence of the team in games coming up in the League and Champions League.

“It is an important match in Valencia and we have to think about that. If we are relaxed of thinking of other things then it can go very badly.

“Valencia are in their field with fans who are very demanding and will not settle for seeing their team wait for the opponent. It will be a more open game.

“We have won there on the past two trips? Hopefully it will happen again. Mestalla is a stadium where the fans pressure you, but if things go wrong it becomes a point in our favour.”

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