Villarreal host Real Madrid this Saturday in La Liga, with Nigerian striker Ikechukwu Uche keen to see his side take all three points at El Madrigal, aware that it will be difficult, but confident his side has what it takes.
Ahead of this weekend’s encounter with Real Madrid, speaking at a press call on Thursday,
Ikechukwu Uche enthused about the match at El Madrigal and expressed his confidence that
Villarreal can produce a quality performance.
“Real Madrid is always a great match, one that everyone wants to play in. We’re hoping to
do well and to take all three points. Last season we drew against them at home and this time, we want to win. That’s the enthusiasm we have.”
Uche is more than aware of the many dangers Real Madrid can pose, not least the quality they have throughout their team and ability to score goals.
“This isn’t something new , because whether they play well or not, they’re always capable of scoring plenty of goals and creating many chances in any game. They have the best players in the world and quality throughout, that any of their players can change a game at any moment.”
Even though it will certainly be a difficult match for Villarreal, the 30-year-old Nigerian striker is confident his side have enough strengths of their own, having held Real Madrid to a 2-2 draw at El Madrigal last season, he’s sure that they’ll pull out allthe stops to secure a valuable victory on Saturday afternoon.
“It’s going to be tough, but we can beat Real Madrid. To win, we’ll have to make the most of our chances and play at 100%. Defending well is also going to be crucial for us. We know they’re a great team and to beat them, we’ll have to work a lot harder than they do and do everything well, but we can do it and we’ll be going for them.”
As for his own form and fitness, having started the season with injury problems, Uche is
satisfied he’s now back in good shape, keen to confront the game against Real Madrid.
“I’m feeling fine and without any physical problems, so hopefully I’ll be able to help the team in this game and be at my very best level.”
Finally and regarding the fact Villarreal won’t be able to count on Cheryshev for this match, due to the fact he can’t compete against Real Madrid because of his loan clause, Uche admitted the Russian is an important player to lose, but is satisfied there’s enough depth to their squad to cover his absence.
“It’s a genuine shame he can’t play in this game. He’s a very good player and is an important part of how we play. We’ll miss him for sure, but we have other players who can replace him and do well, I’m sure of that.”