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Riesgo: We're having a good season and want to get back in the groove

The Eibar custodian has urged the team to put the Real Madrid defeat behind them and "look forward"

Asier Riesgo today spoke to the press at Atxabalpe, where he insisted that, "We're having a good season and want to get back in the groove", in the wake of last Saturday's reverse against Real Madrid at Ipurua.

"We have to put the defeat behind us, it's now in the past. "We were up for it and on a good run, but it just wasn't our day. We have to now look forward. When you come against those sorts of teams, if you're to win the game, a lot of things have to go for you".

In reference to Monday's clash against Osasuna, Riesgo stressed that, "If we perform as we know we can, we'll be in with a very good chance of winning".

"Every game is tough. We know that they're really struggling to pick up any points, but we're going to have to perform very well and play our game if we're to claim the points. Despite competing well in the games, they're not managing to get the wins. We'll have to go out with real confidence, because as soon as you let your guard down, anyone is capable of beating you".

In terms of the sides' meeting at Ipurua in the first half of the season, a game which yielded Osasuna's only victory of the campaign to date, Riesgo remarked that, "It was an unusual game". "They defended very well and were able to make the most of the chances that they had. We need to approach the game just like all of the others. Every game is like a cup final for them and each game they fail to win means that they see their survival chances as being all the more remote. They'll be going all out and we'll need to do the same".

As a former Osasuna player, Riesgo admitted that he is "saddened" by Los Rojillos' current plight. "They're having a tough season. It's difficult when you find yourself in a situation where you're failing to pick up any points despite the fact you're competing and playing well".

With regards to his own situation and his recent return from a muscle injury, the Eibar shotstopper revealed that he's feeling stronger by the day, with this progress putting him back in contention for a return to action. "I'm improving but I've still got some discomfort. The good thing is that the discomfort is easing with every passing day, which is a good sign".