Marcelino expressed his delight at Villarreal having reached 30 points in just 16 games after Sunday’s 2-0 win at Real Sociedad.
A brace from Denis Suarez either side of half-time earned the Yellow Submarine their first away victory in La Liga since September and kept the side to within a point of the Champions League places.
“For us, it was very important to win this game as it allowed us to reach 30 points, which is a lot at this stage [of the season],” the Coach said after the game.
“Many of our rivals also failed to pick up three points.
“[Real] are a very good team. We were on top for 30 minutes of first half, when we scored.
“In the second half, Real dominated us but failed to create any clear chances.
“Ultimately, when they sought the draw, we scored our second and killed off the game.
“Our centre-backs also had a tremendous game. This victory will allow us to enjoy Christmas.”