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Garitano: The team are very excited and eager to play

The Eibar coach stresses that the team will do "everything possible to get promoted"

Gaizka Garitano has stressed that the team is "full of enthusiasm" and "looking forward to playing" in the promotion play-off against Deportivo Alavés, the first leg of which will be played on Saturday at Ipurua at 6:30pm.

Speaking at the press conference ahead of the game, the Eibar coach stated that "we have to do everything we can to get promoted and we're going into the game with all the excitement in the world".



"When you play in a promotion play-off, you're full of excitement. The team are very excited and eager to play, to compete in order to get through the play-offs and be able to play in the final."

"Those of us who have made it to the playoffs know what it has cost us. In Segunda there is not a weekend of rest, we have spent 11 months every day seeing each other and working. The excitement of being able to move up to the next division is massive. This type of opportunity comes very rarely in life and is valued later, when you see that it is not so easy to reach a play-off for promotion. We have to do our best to get promoted and we are going into the game with all the excitement in the world."



"In Segunda we all know each other, especially after 10 or 11 months of studying each other, so whoever we play against, we know each other well. Rather than focusing on the opposition, we have to focus on Eibar's strengths."

"In 180 minutes there's going to be a bit of everything, moments when we're good and we're superior, moments when they're superior. You have to be prepared for when things go well for you and when things go badly, fight until the end and try to be competitive in every minute of the tie."



"Playing at home is an advantage, I would always like to play at Ipurua, but that doesn't guarantee that you win. And when we go to Mendizorroza we are very good at competing away from home as well, we are not afraid to go there either."



"During the year we have not been effective in attack, we have been one of the worst teams in the league. We are among the two teams that have generated the most chances, but 17th for goals scored. There is a big difference between what we have done in attack and what we have converted. In a play-off where it’s more complicated to create chances and the matches are closer, we have to try to score up front. Football is about scoring goals and you have to be clinical."