‘La Real needed the win’

Oier Olazabal believes Real Sociedad’s win over Granada came at a crucial time as he discusses playing against his parent club.

The former Barcelona goalkeeper is on loan to La Real from El Grana and stepped in for the suspended Gero Rulli at Los Carmenes, the Basques winning 3-0.

“I didn’t feel any pressure. On the contrary, I felt confident that the club paid for me and trusted me in the match,” he said, AS reports, referencing a clause in the loan deal that meant La Real had to shell out to play him against his parent club.

“It was a necessary victory. It was necessary for me and the whole team. We were strong defensively and had chances, which we lacked a little in other games.

“I think we took a step forward against Espanyol [despite losing 3-2]. We learned to set the tone when we needed to have the ball more.

“We played a very serious game and I think that is the way to continue.

“I’m calm and I’ve always said Rulli is a great goalkeeper. I have to have humility. I want to take advantage of my chance and play a good game.

“Bothered by David Moyes’ criticism after Espanyol? What bothered me was losing in the last minute. It was a hard shot to save and some days you save it and others you don’t.

“These things happen in football and he put me in at Granada and trusted me. It’s not something I worry about.

“It was a bit weird playing [against Granada]. The fans behaved very well towards me. It was strange being on a pitch I know with teammates I know, but it was positive because I could help my team with details of the opponent.

“I never thought I would play at Granada and start against my former teammates.”

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