Luis Rioja: "Only with the points of house does not give for the objective"

The Alavés midfielder is part of the eleven type and raises the level of demand: "You have to follow the line of the match against Atlético also outside Vitoria."


Luis Rioja was two seasons ago in the Marbella of Second B and now he rubs shoulders with the Spanish soccer elite. Next stop for Deportivo Alavés, Osasuna. "I always tell you that when a new rival arrives in this category, it is a novelty for me because I had never been in First. But with Osasuna that does not happen to me since last year I played against them in Second while in Almeria. After not doing well in the derby against Athletic and Real Sociedad, we will try to make a good game in Pamplona to bring us something positive, "said the Sevillian player.

Rioja is counting on the confidence of Asier Garitano and, after a faltering start in which he alternated titles with parties in which he was not even called, he is now part of the eleven type. "At home we have shown that we are a very uncomfortable team and that, with the support of our fans, we will achieve good results. But winning only from Mendizorroza does not give you to achieve the goal of permanence. You have to start scoring points. away from home, "he added. The alavesistas have only achieved a tie in Getafe. The rest have been defeats in Bilbao, San Sebastián, Valencia and Villarreal. A very poor balance.

On the draw with Atlético de Madrid in Vitoria last Tuesday he said: "They are a great team but we made a pretty complete game. Especially in the first part. I was better at the beginning than in the second half. Then they marked us goal that hurt us a lot but we were able to get the draw, which I thought was fair and deserved. We must continue along that line also outside Vitoria ".

The team trains today in the afternoon, tomorrow Garitano will offer the pre-session, on Saturday there will also be session in the morning and Sunday will be played against the reds from 4 in the afternoon. There will be almost 300 Alava players in the stands.

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