Godín: 'We have to approach the Valencia match as if it were a final”

“I’m looking forward to moving this situation forward”

Diego Godín knows that the key to the team getting out of its poor form lies in working hard and getting a win against Valencia. The centre half acknowledged that “we’re in a tough spot after successive losses. We knew that the clash against Barcelona was going to be complicated, but we were counting on the points that we lost against Sporting and Athletic de Bilbao. Now, the only think we can do is look at Valencia and go out to win against a tough opponent.”

The Uruguayan player analysed the current state of the squad and said that no player likes losing. So when three consecutive losses come it’s obviously tough, plus there are injuries, but we have to train hard and look forward, to Valencia. If we want to qualify for European competition we have to beat Emery’s side.”

The players aren’t considering the possibility of Quique leaving the team, and Godín stated that “we in the dressing room aren’t thinking about whether or not he’s leaving; we know that it’s a difficult situation. We’re far from Champions spots, out of Europe, but the goal is to win on Saturday to get closer. We have to approach the Valencia match as if it were a final.”

In trying to explain the reasons for the team’s inconsistent season, Diego assured that “I don’t really know the reasons why. The season started off really well. Now we’ve lost a few matches and that hurts, as we were counting on winning those points. We have the squad and players to be higher in the table. We have what’s needed to do that and we won two titles just months ago.”

Concerning the offers that he received to leave the club, Godín explained that “I’m very good here. The Club and my agent handle the offers, I stay distant from that. I have four years left on my contract here. Personally I’m fine, although in November I had the appendicitis operation and a pair of knee injuries. I’m looking forward to moving this situation forward.”

He also touched on the possibility of Sergio Agüero signing with Real Madrid. I don’t see it happening. He’s an idol of the supporters and very happy here. I could see him in any other club before in Madrid,” he emphasized.

With respect to the changes made in the starting line-up, the Uruguayan made it clear that “that’s the manager’s decision. If we were more consistent, the ideal thing would be to keep a more or less fixed line-up, but I’m not going to get involved in that and I have to keep working to earn myself a spot in the squad.

We’re closer to the Europa League, that’s clear. Champions League is far off. Being realistic, the former seems the most probable, since the teams at the top have been very consistent and don’t lose very frequently. At the end of the season we’ll see what might happen,”
Diego Godín wrapped up.