Gracia: No drama for Osasuna

Javi Gracia says there'd be ‘no drama’ if Osasuna fell back into the relegation zone, as he asserts it is still early and the team are in a good mindset.

The Pamplona outfit moved out of the bottom three in midweek thanks to a 3-1 win over Rayo Vallecano and travel out to Real Sociedad this Saturday a point and two places about 18th.

“If we drop back into those positions it does not have to be a drama,” considered Gracia to reporters today.

“Whilst we do want to remain outside, this is something that at this moment is not important. We have to assess it positively when we are out and let it serve as a stimulus.

“The match against Real comes at a good time, with players who have rediscovered the goal, such as Oier and Torres, and with the participation of others after a long time out, such as Miguel Flano. There are internal reasons for why the team is in a good moment.

“Real? In Europe they have not had the rewards that they have deserved and in the League they have looked good, except for the occasional moment where they have dropped points, but now if anything they have greater recognition in the standings.

“Moreover, rotations are not going to affect their team.”

Gracia commented on the Competition Committee’s decision to take today, a public holiday in Spain, off and so not ratify suspensions due for Week 12 until Week 13. It means the Coach has Miguel de las Cuevas available despite his red card in midweek.

“I do not understand. I do not understand how a player cannot be sanctioned for the game because it is a holiday.

“For me it corrupts the competition a little, regardless of whether it benefits us or hurts us. I think it is wrong, but we must adapt.”

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