‘La Real optimistic about 2015’

Sergio Canales has highlighted the feel-good factor currently sweeping through Real Sociedad ahead of the New Year.

The Basques remain rooted in the bottom half of La Liga, despite the coaching appointment of David Moyes in November, but the former Real Madrid midfielder – who rejected a transfer to Aston Villa in the summer – believes his side have much to look forward to in 2015.

“Last season I adapted to the team quickly, and they helped me a lot. I found myself in a very positive environment,” he began at a Press conference yesterday.

“Ahead of this season, I had a good feeling. It’s true that this campaign could have gone better, so now I want to improve and give more. It’s important that we start the year strongly with a victory and move up the table.

“A change of scenery? Not at all. I'm very happy here, both on and off the pitch. We were expected to qualify for this year's Europa League, but I want to continue helping the team return to such heights.

“The season hasn’t gone as well as expected. We have to improve a lot in the face of 2015 because we’re not happy. We all expected more, so we should all give more to finish the season in the way we want.

“I hope [we can reverse the situation], we’re all training hard and want to change things, and although we know that the first game of the year will be difficult, we’re optimistic because at home we always play well against these types of rivals, so we’ll go out to win.

“For the New Year, I especially ask that we incur no injuries, neither to myself nor any of my teammates, because we have enough quality to achieve important results.

 “I want to continue with the same enthusiasm, because I’ve always known this group to be very ambitious, so I think we should retain our initial objectives for the season.”

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