SORIA, March 5 (Primera Liga) - Villarreal midfielder Juan Roman Riquelme believes that his team can only be satisfied with all three points when they travel to bottom side Numancia this weekend.
After last week's slip-up against Real Zaragoza, Villarreal responded well with a 2-1 midweek victory over struggling Mallorca in a game which saw Riquelme back to his best. The Argentinian playmaker was able to open up the Mallorca defence with incisive passing for his forwards to feed on.
The victory, their third in a row at home, has put them in a Champions League berth for the first time this season but Riquelme claims that the team needs to keep pressing.
``I think the game against Numancia will have no value unless we come away with three points,'' he said.
``I expect it to be a match which will not be pretty to watch because of the state of the Los Pajaritos' pitch and also due to the nerves from both sides.
``We are aware of the importance of the match and badly want to win, while on the other hand, they are desperately fighting to survive.
``In their own stadium Numancia are going to feel more comfortable and so we are going to have to be very focused in order to get a result,'' the 26-year-old added.
``I am happy to see where Villarreal are in the table but we cannot afford to relax now as there is still a long way to go and a lot of work to do.
``There are 36 points still to be fought over and I think it is better if we take things step by step.''
There is plenty of competition for places in attack for Villarreal but the partnership of Diego Forlan and Lucho Figueroa appears to be the one which is having the best results.
Jose Mari has had spells in the first team, as has Antonio Guayre, with coach Pellegrini looking to use squad rotations. Against Mallorca last week, Forlan and Jose Mari started, but with the team losing into the second half, Pellegrini brought on Figueroa to partner the Uruguayan and he levelled the match seven minutes later.
``I am very happy with the goal because it was very important for Villarreal as we needed to win the match,'' he said.
``I don't know the potential of the team and whether we will finish in a Champions League position but at the moment we are clearly in the top-four on merit.
``If we beat Numancia this weekend I think then we can start talking more about finishing in a Champions League place but now is not the right time.''
The outlook for rock-bottom Numancia does not look good with the side nine points from safety.
They need to start picking up maximum points, rather than the draws they have achieved in their last two matches against Barcelona and Levante.
The hosts will be without Jean Pignol for the visit of Villarreal due to suspension.
CD Numancia Home Record:
P12 W3 D5 L4
% of points accumulated at Home: 39%
Villarreal CF Away Record:
P12 W3 D4 L6
% of points accumulated on Road: 33%
CD Numancia: LLWDD
Villarreal CF: WLWLW
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