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Mendilibar asks players to forget Sevilla defeat

Eibar boss Jose Luis Mendilibar has called on his players to forget the 3-0 defeat to Sevilla and focus on Friday night’s game with Leganes.

Back-to-back defeats against Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao respectively have left Mendilibar’s side struggling and they will be hoping a result against Leganes at Municipal de Ipurua will get them back on track.

The former Osasuna coach believes his side should remain calm heading into the game against Asier Garitano’s men, saying: “If they are better, you cannot do anything, but we must be ourselves,” he told reporters.

“After a bad match we will not change everything,” Mendilibar told reporters.

“Throughout a season there are always good games and bad games but you always prefer the bad match against difficult rivals like Sevilla.

“We were good in the opening 20 minutes, but little by little we went backwards and we offered very little in terms of an attacking threat.

“Leganes? They are a strong side who will make things very difficult for us and already have six points, despite losing against Getafe I believe they were unlucky.

“They are now in the second year of their spell in the top flight and can take a little more risk in terms of investment, so now they are stronger.

“We have to be sensible and analyse where we have gone wrong this season and work to rectify those errors but there is no drama.”

Mendilibar has a number of injury problems with both Yoel Rodriguez and experienced midfielder Fran Rico unavailable, whilst they will also be without Ivan Alejo and Pedro Leon, who are nursing long term injuries.

“There are injuries, these are setbacks that we did not expect. But, we have to make up for them and not dwell on them too much.”

Leganes on the other hand have enjoyed a prosperous start to the new season, securing two wins in their opening two games, however, defeat to Getafe last time out sees them head into the game in similar form to their opponents.

Elsewhere this weekend in La Liga, the Valencian derby takes centre stage on Saturday as Valencia travel to Levante, whilst league leaders Barcelona face Getafe and Real Madrid take on unbeaten Real Sociedad at the Anoeta.

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