Rayo Vallecano defender Anaitz Arbilla today insisted that his team must go to the Bernabéu on Sunday "motivated, humble and with hope" to try to come away with a win against Real Madrid. "Clearly it's not going to be easy. We're facing a Champions League team that is also fighting for La Liga. We have to be motivated and believe; we have to play our game, play with our feet on the ground and do what we do best", he said in a press conference.
The player from Navarra, who made his first division debut last week against Atlético Madrid, said he was satisfied with his performance after replacing the suspended Tito on the right. "I took my debut calmly, like it was something normal. It's great to be able to take part in games like this; it's what everyone who plays the game aspires to. I personally feel I can play better. Every player has to set themselves goals and try to reach them every game," he added.
"Obviously it wasn't easy as you get used to other games, other competitions, and then suddenly you're playing in the first division with a great atmosphere in the stadium. You have to stay calm and become part of the squad to play these games," said Arbilla, who arrived in the January transfer window from Hércules. "I can only praise Paco Jémez (the Rayo coach) since I've been here, and his work is reflected in the league table. He's doing a great job; he works very intensely and is always on top of every player. That's a good thing because no one takes their foot off the gas," the defender said. He was also unwilling to hazard a guess at the starting eleven in the Bernabéu. "I don't want to make any guesses. I'm happy with my debut for Rayo and with my team-mates. That's how I want to continue. I'm not going to drive myself mad, I came here to support people and to keep on growing," he concluded.