Alcaraz chasing the win

Granada coach Lucas Alcaraz is focusing on picking up points at home to Levante on Monday.

Last Updated: 30/03/14 at 12:58

Lucas Alcaraz: Looking for a win

Lucas Alcaraz: Looking for a win

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Granada coach Lucas Alcaraz sought to deflect the attention away from the publicity surrounding winger Dani Benitez by instead focusing on picking up points at home to Levante on Monday.

Benitez reportedly tested positive for cocaine earlier this week, with club president Quique Pina later announcing the player will be sacked once they have official confirmation from the relevant authorities.

Alcarez voiced his disappointment over the news, but remains confident it will not affect his team in their match against mid-table rivals Levante.

"Of course it is sad news and it is not a pleasant issue," he told a press conference. "But we have to put it to one side as we have a match on Monday.

"Monday's game is the kind of match in which we would like to take three points. The team will play with enthusiasm, motivation and are super-psyched.

"Levante are a strong team, well organised and well managed who will make things difficult for us, so I expect a close contest."

Granada saw a three-match unbeaten run ended by a 1-0 defeat to Primera Division leaders Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, but Levante will be the team with a point to prove after losing 3-1 to basement side Real Betis.

The Valencia club have not won in four league fixtures and will start Monday's match just three points better off than their 12th-placed opponents.

Coach Joaquin Caparros said: "The team have not been playing at the level they should be.

"There are eight matches left and we have to fight for every point. Hopefully, our next league match on Monday will take away the bad taste left by the Betis defeat."

Andreas Ivanschitz has returned to training with Levante following an adductor injury but there are doubts over the fitness of David Navarro (ankle).


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Sunday, 24 August 2014
16:00
Almeria v Espanyol  
Barcelona v Elche  
Celta Vigo v Getafe  
Eibar v Sociedad  
Granada v Deportivo  
Levante v Villarreal  
Malaga v Ath Bilbao  
R Vallecano v A Madrid  
R Madrid v Cordoba  
Sevilla v Valencia  

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1 A Madrid 38 51 90
2 Barcelona 38 67 87
3 R Madrid 38 66 87
4 Ath Bilbao 38 27 70
5 Sevilla 38 17 63
6 Villarreal 38 16 59
7 Sociedad 38 7 59
8 Valencia 38 -2 49
9 Celta Vigo 38 -5 49
10 Levante 38 -8 48
11 Malaga 38 -7 45
12 R Vallecano 38 -34 43
13 Getafe 38 -19 42
14 Espanyol 38 -10 42
15 Granada 38 -24 41
16 Elche 38 -20 40
17 Almeria 38 -28 40
18 Osasuna 38 -30 39
19 Valladolid 38 -22 36
20 Real Betis 38 -42 25

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