Marcelino relaxed about Villarreal arrivals

Villarreal Coach Marcelino says he is not actively seeking any January reinforcements, despite the recent departures of Cani and Javier Espinosa.

The Yellow Submarine have already lost the midfield duo to Atletico Madrid and Almeria this month, but the Coach is adamant he has enough squad depth at his disposal to continue competing on all fronts.

“We have Jonathan Dos Santos, who hasn’t played much, and [Antonio] Rukavina, who we’ve pushed into midfield,” he told reporters yesterday.

“If there are any players who can help us, they must meet our sporting and economic conditions.”

Looking ahead to this evening’s trip to Malaga in La Liga, the former Sevilla and Racing Santander boss highlighted the pitfalls facing his team at La Rosaleda.

“We’ll face extremely tough opponents [in Malaga] who require a lot of us. We're a point ahead of them in the table and Malaga did extraordinarily well in the first half of the season,” he added.

"Fortunately, playing many games is something we’ve come to terms with this season. I think we’re fine.

“We’ve come back from the holidays and restarted the campaign well, with two good results and performances. The team want to stay on this track at Malaga.

“We know they’re a good team who are well organised, dynamic and very quick both defensively and offensively. They'll force us to be at our best.

“They’re a team in our area of the table and candidates to finish in a European spot, so it’s a very important game for us.”

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