Real Valladolid midfielder Leo Suárez expects a challenge from Real Betis ahead of Sunday’s match in La Liga.
Los Blanquivioletas return from the international break this weekend looking to extend their three game-winning run.
But Valladolid will not have easy with Betis awaiting them at the Estadio Benito Villamarín in Seville.
Quique Setién’s side finished in a solid sixth place in La Liga last season and are undefeated in 9 of their last 10 home league matches.
After a low-key start to the new campaign, Betis have gradually climbed up the league table and are level with Valladolid in seventh place on 12 points after eight games.
However, Suárez is confident that Valladolid are in good shape for Sunday’s showdown.
“Physically we’re good and we’ve had all week to get back into good shape for the match against Real Betis, which will be a hard game as they are a great team and it’s a tricky venue,” said Suárez in a press conference.
“Playing there will be a unique experience. We will continue working with humility and sacrifice in order to have a good game there. We have the utmost respect to all the teams.”
The 22-year-old is on loan at Valladolid from fellow La Liga side Villarreal after struggling for game time.
Suárez has since featured in Valladolid’s last four matches with manager Sergio González starting him in the previous two fixtures.
The Argentine has even added two goals in the process and is now hoping for more opportunities further down the line.
“Personally I am very happy with the minutes that the coach is giving me and I will continue working to keep up with those minutes for this season,” said Suarez.
“I work with enthusiasm to get the maximum amount of game time. I don’t know if I’ll play or where – that’s for the coach to decide.”
Duje Cop and Keko remain absent for Valladolid through injury so no big changes are expected by Sergio for this weekend.
The newly-promoted side’s match with Betis will begin at 20:45 (CEST).