Kike Garcia keen on safety despite humbling Real Madrid

Avoiding relegation is top priority for Eibar which is focussed on collecting three points against a struggling Rayo Vallecano after pulling off its maiden win over Real Madrid in the previous match.

SD Eibar's Kike Garcia, second left, celebrates after scoring his team's third goal of the game during the Spanish La Liga match against Real Madrid.   -  AP

SD Eibar striker Kike Garcia insists that there is no complacency after the club's first-ever win over Real Madrid as the team prepares to take on Rayo Vallecano in a La Liga game.

Kike, who netted the third goal in the resounding 3-0 win against Madrid over the weekend, is hopeful of adding another three points to Eibar's tally at the Campo de Futbol de Vallecas on Friday, where the visiting side has never tasted victory.

“The only thing on our mind is the next game and to get three points,” Kike said after a training session in Atxalbape. “The win over Madrid was good for the fans and the team, but they were three points and nothing more.”

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Rayo Vallecano is currently languishing in the relegation zone with just seven points and a solitary victory in 13 matches, but the former Middlesborough striker expects a tough game, away from home. “It is a very good, organised team. We wouldn't look to change anything and will play the way we play against a Madrid or Barcelona,” said Kike.

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Coming off an international break, a rejuvenated Eibar maintained a high-intensity approach from start to finish against Real Madrid, often stifling its opponent in its build-up play. “I hope [we can maintain the same intensity throughout]. It's not easy to play teams like Real Madrid and to match its level. But I hope we can build on that and take the positives from the game," the 28-year-old said.

Eibar was in touching distance of a Europa League spot last season before it stumbled and finished ninth in the table. For Kike and his team-mates, the first priority, this season, is to ensure safety and keep Eibar in the La Liga for the sixth successive year. "Our main target is to get 40-42 points, keeping the fans happy and play good football. Anything beyond that is a bonus."

The writer is in Eibar on an invitation from Eibar and LaLiga.

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