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Martinez: We'll play for our lives

Juan Ignacio Martinez wants his Real Valladolid players to "play for our lives" against Espanyol on Saturday.

Valladolid are in serious danger of dropping out of the Primera Division and sit three points from safety with four games to play.

Their cause was not helped by a 4-1 defeat by Celta Vigo on Monday and coach Martinez has called for a reaction.

He said on realvalladolid.es: "Espanyol is our final.

"We have to go after them with the utmost respect, because they are a good team of professionals who will want to win, but we have to show on the field that we play for our lives, that we all want to win.

"We cannot fail ourselves or our families, and our fans and the many people who depend on us.

"We talked after the match against Celta and the players were very concerned, but today I saw them psyched."

Martinez added: "I'm not one to ask the fans. It is we who have to give to them and show that we want to win.

"We apologise for the bad game in Vigo and now we have to show we want to stay in the first division. We have to be together right now and if they help us to go forward, much the better."

Valladolid will be without Alvaro Rubio and Zakarya Bergdich, who are both suspended.

Espanyol are also looking to bounce back from a disappointing loss to Almeria last weekend and to completely eradicate any lingering relegation worries.

Goalkeeper Kiko Casilla told rcdespanyol.com: "We were not up to it against Almeria.

"It was the worst game and we learned that when your team is not concentrated, you suffer. We will go to Valladolid to win and to take away this thorn."

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