Dani García: There's a lot at stake and we want to finish in eighth
The Armeros' captain insisted, "We want to head off on holiday after having put in a great performance"
Speaking today in a press conference held at Ipurua, SD Eibar skipper Dani García previewed Sunday's game at the Camp Nou, insisting "There's a lot at stake because finishing eighth would be a historic achievement for the club and ourselves and we want to head off on holiday after having put in a great performance".
"You're always up for playing against the big teams and we're keen to finish the season on a good note. We know that it'll be really tough to come away with anything, but we approach the game in the same way as we did when we went to the Bernabéu", where the team managed a 1-1 draw.
"We were forced to dig deep at the Bernabéu but we also enjoyed ourselves and let's hope that at the Camp Nou, whilst we're aware that we'll be made to suffer, things go well for us, we make as few mistakes as possible and put in a good performance".
In García's eyes, the "pivotal" game which saw Eibar fall behind in the race to clinch a European spot was the Ipurua clash against Athletic Club. "We delivered a great performance and to come away without having picked up the three points saw Athletic, Real Sociedad and Villarreal pull away and our heads dropped a bit". "We then had a week in which we played three games and that left us drained and we haven't managed to finish the campaign as strongly as we would have liked".
"We'll assess our season further down the line rather than now, when we're left with a bit of a bitter taste in our mouths after fighting to finish amongst the top sides and ultimately both the fans and ourselves were expecting much more".
When quizzed about his future at the club, where he is under contract until 2019, García declared, "The club offered me a contract extension and we failed to reach an agreement on it. I told them that I didn't want to hear any more about it until the summer". "If they want to offer me an extension they'll get in touch with my agent and if not, I'm still under contract for a further year and am relaxed about the situation".