Martinez: Levante happy with draw

Levante manager Juan Ignacio Martinez is content with his side's draw against Twente on Thursday night, especially as it was built on a solid defensive performance.

Football News: Juan Ignacio Martinez

By ESPNSTAR.com staff

The Eredivisie side were constant with their attacks however Levante held on to ensure a clean sheet for goalkeeper Keylor Navas who also had a superb game between the sticks. 

Levante, participating for the first time in continental competition, are now second with seven points in Group L. They know that a win against Swedish side Helsingborg in their next game will seal their progress to the Europa League round of 32. 

Martinez was happy with the commitment demonstrated by all players in the game and chose to focus on that aspect instead of the lack of an attacking threat. Despite their limited opportunities, though, they could have sealed a win if Angel had scored when given a golden opportunity three minutes from time. 

"The assessment of the game is positive. The level at which we played was very high and we cut off all their passing lanes and closed down their attack," he told reporters in the post-match press conference.

"Without a doubt, Keylor Navas had two great stops on goal and later Angel had chances to score the game winner in the final moments.

"We are happy with the draw, even though we could have won. We have taken an important step. 

" Now we have a tricky away match against Helsingborg. 

"We are containing our happiness, because we haven't achieved anything.

The side from Valencia now has a daunting home encounter with La Liga giants Real Madrid on Sunday that they need to prepare for. 

"I'm happy because everyone feels important and we have shown that we can play. 

" Now, we need to focus on Real Madrid. 

" We are going to prepare, but to play against Real Madrid is a great motivator."



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