Levante defender David Navarro has described this Saturday’s game with Almeria at the Estadio de los Juegos Mediterraneos as a final.
Los Granotes are third bottom, one place behind and level on 25 points with the Andalusians, and the experienced 34-year-old [pictured, right] admits there will be no room for error by either side.
“This game is like a final and will be crucial to our hopes of achieving top-flight safety come the end of the season,” Navarro told the club’s official website.
“I give the same importance to it as any other game, although it’s true that these are not the same three points as earlier in the campaign when you have much more time and matches to put things right.
“There are 10 games left and it’s essential we reach our ultimate goal. We’ve got 25 points and we want 28 after this weekend.”
Navarro has urged his teammates to be brave and not settle for a draw at Almeria, while he acknowledges that Juan Ignacio Martinez’s men will also be going all out for a win.
“We know this is a clash where we can’t afford to fail because they need the points as much as we do. We must go there with the intention of causing them as much damage as possible and not just sitting back.
“A draw could end up being good if the other results go our way but that’s something we can’t afford to rely on,” he asserted.