Gracia wants goals against Levante

Malaga boss Javi Gracia says his team will be going all out to score goals in the Copa del Rey return leg against Levante on Tuesday.

The Costa del Sol outfit take a 2-0 advantage into the clash, courtesy of goals from Juanpi and Ricardo Horta in last week’s first-leg at La Rosaleda, but Gracia insists there will be no sitting back on their lead.

“We have the advantage and it could be that Levante are planning on a more risky offensive approach, so we have to score and put them in a situation where they are more committed. That’s our aim,” he told a Press conference.

“The first thing we must make clear is that we are not going to defend our 2-0 lead. We are going there with the intention of scoring and getting through to the next round.

“There has only been one half of this tie played and we still have it all to do. The second half will be different and there will be a lot demanded of us.

“However, we are going there with the hope of reaching the quarter-finals, something that historically has not happened too many times at this club.”

Even so, the former Almeria and Osasuna Coach maintains he is not looking beyond the game at the Ciutat de Valencia and a possible meeting with Athletic Bilbao in the next round.

“In a competition where we still have another 90 minutes to play there is not much point in looking any further, as that is not going to help us.

“I don’t know how Levante are going to enter this game, but it will be very difficult. I’m convinced of that,” declared Gracia.

 

 

 

 

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