Arrasate: A win against Leganés would keep us safe

Osasuna head coach Jagoba Arrasate is convinced that a victory over relegation candidates Leganés would be enough to guarantee Osasuna’s safety.

Osasuna got off to a faltering start when LaLiga Santander returned but a 1-0 win against Basque rivals Alavés in their last game means Los Rojillos are now in 11th place on 38 points.

Beating Leganés on Saturday evening would see Osasuna reach the magic 40 point mark, which is usually enough to stay up.

“If we think that they are playing for everything and we are not, we would be making a mistake,” Arrasate suggested in his pre-match press conference.

“We have to give it everything and know that we really need it in order to play as well as we can.

“All we can think about is winning against Leganes, which would make us safe.”

But Arrasate has warned his men not too underestimate how difficult it will be to win those three points against Leganés.

“Leganés is a team that is difficult to break down,” he added. “They draw a lot because they lack that clinical edge, but they are very balanced.

“They’ve created enough chances a lot to score more goals but they lost their top two scorers in the winter.

“They’re a tough team to beat. We’ll have to play very well to win.”

Osasuna still have quite a depleted squad and Arrasate will be without striker Chimy Ávila, defender Facundo Roncaglia, centre-back David García and captain Oier Sanjurjo.

The match kicks of at 19:30 CET on Saturday night.