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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

La Liga

Athletic Bilbao Athletic Bilbao boss Marcelo Bielsa said he had to make the six changes against Zaragoza in order to avoid injury, due to their tight schedule. Atletico Madrid Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone believes his team played very well and created clear chances against Betis, but just could not seal the win. Barcelona Barcelona keeper Jose Pinto would have preferred Pep Guardiola to stay on at the helm, but says Tito Vilanova has the team's full backing. Espanyol Espanyol coach Mauricio Pochettino has faith in his players and is convinced that their defeat to Sporting has nothing to do with match-fixing. Getafe Getafe sports chief Toni Munoz first concern for the summer is to lighten their squad to make room for news arrivals when the market reopens. Granada Granada coach Abel Resino has confirmed that Nigerian striker Ikechukwu Uche has recovered from injury and is available to take on Espanyol. Levante Levante defender Gustavo Cabral is still dreaming of a Champions League football, but would be happy to play in the Europa League next season. Malaga Coach Pellegrini believes Malaga will be playing in Europe next season if his players can maintain the attitude they showed against Valencia. Osasuna Osasuna boss Jose Luis Mendilibar will give defender Miguel Flano until the very last minute to prove his fitness, ahead of the Valencia clash. Racing Santander Racing Santander coach Alvaro Cervera is confident that his team can win a game before the end of the season, after failing to do so this year. Rayo Vallecano Rayo coach Jose Ramon Sandoval has urged the fans to trust his players to avoid relegation as they have done well to collect 40 points so far. Real Betis Real Betis coach Pepe Mel admitted that it took Atletico's opening goal to wake his team up and warned them not to repeat it against Sevilla. Real Madrid Alvaro Arbeloa is keen to see Real Madrid keep up their form as they need 9 points from their remaining games to break the 100-point barrier. Real Mallorca Real Mallorca winger Alejandro Alfaro has urged his team to keep their feet on the ground and not rush, as they aim for a a place in Europe. Real Sociedad Real Sociedad defender Dani Estrada believes his team have done well to secure their La Liga safety and that they are gradually getting better. Real Zaragoza Real Zaragoza coach Manolo Jimenez said his team are tired after a long season, but the best remedy for the bumps and bruises are victories. Sevilla Sevilla coach Michel rued the missed chances in the first half at Real Madrid and conceded that it is normal that they were made to pay for it. Sporting Gijon Sporting Gijon striker Mate Bilic is hoping the El Molinon factor will be decisive when they face Villarreal, who are favourites for the match. Valencia Valencia coach Unai Emery has no complaints about their defeat to Malaga as the equilibrium was broken with Sofiane Feghouli's sending off. Villarreal Villarreal coach Miguel Angel Lotina has underlined that the match against direct rivals Sporting Gijon is their most important of the season.

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