Calleja on Leganes and Europe: “The team that does not lower its arms will take qualification”

Calleja on Leganes and Europe: “The team that does not lower its arms will take qualification”

April 17, 2018 Off By James Lassey

Villarreal host Leganes on Tuesday and coach Javi Calleja admits they are “forced to win their home games,” if they want to be in Europe next season.

The Yellow Submarine secured a valuable point in the six pointer with Sevilla last weekend, but Calleja will have his concerns after his side let a two-goal lead slip in the final 10 minutes of the game.


Whilst the result saw them drop two points, they stay ahead of Vincenzo Montella’s side and kept the likes of Girona and Celta Vigo at bay for another week.

With only six games remaining, the Spaniard is weary of what he requires from his team.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference he said: “there is less time and points at home are vital, the team are aware of what is played and the importance of these points.”

Tough games ahead

It is a must win for Calleja as his men come up against league leaders Barcelona, rivals Valencia and third place Real Madrid.

“For me the key is not to give up,” he rallied, “the team that does not lower its arms and holds out until the end, will be the one who takes the qualification.

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“The team that believes they have done it, the one that trusts, may be wrong. We are aware that this will be hard, so we will not lower our arms no matter what happens. ”

Calleja seeks revenge

Despite Calleja’s belief in his players,  Leganes pose tough opposition having beaten the Yellow Submarine 3-1 in the reverse fixture back in December last year.

“Leganés have already choked us this year, ” he added. “It’s a team that knows how to play well and has taken advantage of our mistakes.

“They have been able to defend very well and will come out against us to do damage, we also know that it has cost us, but it is an experience that we already have.”

Jaume Costa is suspended for Villarreal. Antonio Rukavina should start at left-back as a result while Dani Raba and Samu Castillejo should keep their places in the side.