Alavés: Coach Asier Garitano demands concentration against Atlético Madrid

Head coach Asier Garitano is well aware that Alavés risk getting dragged into a relegation battle unless his team’s form improves.

Alavés have generally struggled to pick up points on the road in 2019/20. They have the daunting task of facing Atlético Madrid, Real Madrid and Betis away from Mendizorroza in their final seven games, starting with Atlético.

In addition to that, they also have to take on Barcelona at home in the final game of the 2019/20 season.

It doesn’t help that Alavés have lost three of their four games since LaLiga Santander started again, including a 6-0 defeat to Celta Vigo.

Their most recent game ended in a 1-0 loss to Basque rivals Osasuna.

“We have an important week ahead of us,” said Garitano in his pre-match press conference ahead of their game against Atlético. “It’s a complicated situation and our opponent is very good, one of the best in Europe.

“We have to be very motivated to play and compete, we are aware of the difficulty.

“Even more so coming off the back of two defeats, the last one against Osasuna hurt us especially.”

Despite the losses, Alavés are in 14th place and nine points clear of the relegation spots with 35 points.

They only need five more points to reach the golden 40 point mark, which normally is enough to ensure safety.

But Garitano has insisted that his squad must take nothing for granted and be ready to fight for every point, starting with the match against Atlético.

“We know it’s going to be tough and we can’t give away any games,” Garitano added.

“It’s important for the group to come out stronger and that we see a team that can compete.

“”Every action, every ball could be end up being a goal and if you speculate, hide away, don’t win second balls or don’t press fast enough, Atlético Madrid will score a lot of goals.

“We must concentrate.”

Alavés will play Atlético Madrid in the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday night at 22:00.