Esteban Granero is looking forward to Real Sociedad’s trip to his former side Real Madrid and asks, why can’t the Basques win?
Week 13 sees La Real travel out to the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday afternoon on an unbeaten run of four games, making for better form than Los Blancos over the same period.
Former Madrid man Granero is wary of overconfidence, but does see his current employers as holding a chance.
“Madrid are very strong. I was there already when the President arrived and he is responsible for transforming Madrid into a giant,” considered Granero to AS this week.
“He has looked to make the team better and they are doing so. Madrid are scary, but we also have a strong and competitive team and frankly, why can’t we win?
“We have a chance to win as always, as in any game. We are a strong team and one of the strongest in La Liga. We arrive this weekend with optimism and the belief that we can win.”
Granero will only be a spectator for the match, as he continues recovery from an anterior cruciate ligament injury sustained in mid-September.
“My injury means I will not play in the game and we’ll see about the return match later on too. It makes me sad because the Bernabeu is a beautiful stadium.
“I am going to the stadium, I will chat with the Madrid players before, but hope that they do not have an inspired day on Saturday, but that for the rest of the year they are great.
“My recovery? I feel fine. The knee looks good and the deadlines in recovery are being met. I think the biggest moments of discomfort are in the past.
“Now I have more mobility in the knee. It is true though that rehabilitation is at times annoying and painful.”