Real Sociedad midfielder David Zurutuza believes the San Sebastian outfit have gradually improved as the season has progressed.
In the Frenchman’s view, the number of games La Real have had to play recently due to their Champions League involvement has moulded Jagoba Arrasate’s men into more of a team.
“Both the team and myself have improved a lot lately and what happened [in the recent 5-1 defeat] against Real Madrid should not undermine all the good work we’ve done.
“We always go out to take something positive but we were aware it would be very difficult. Besides, most teams end up conceding a lot of goals there,” he told reporters.
The 27-year-old, who missed the first two days of training with some minor problems earlier this week but is in contention for Saturday’s game with Celta Vigo, believes the international break came at just the right time.
“It’s been good in terms of allowing us to get some continuity into training sessions. With so many matches and all the travel we’ve not been able to prepare properly for games.
“Recently there have been some big matches and we have to improve on the level we’ve shown in them, which has been medium to high.”
Zurutuza says he is aware of the danger posed by a Celta side that, despite failing to register a single victory at home this season, has recorded three victories away from Balaidos.
“They are a team that has very clear ideas. No matter where they play they have a good philosophy and will be giving it their all at Anoeta.
“Even so, the way they play may well benefit us as they are a team that will not come to defend. All our next few games are going to be key,” he added.