By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Los Che were held to a draw by Real Valladolid over the weekend and have remained unbeaten in the past four matches. This run included a win over high-flyers Atletico Madrid as well as Belarusian champions BATE Borisov in the UEFA Champions League.
Mauricio Pellegrino's side are favourites to qualify for the Champions League last-16 alongside Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich and have a relatively easy fixture list until the end of the year in the La Liga.
Rami stated that he has also struggled to get into top gear this season but he remains optimistic that results could now swing in his side's favour.
"We have improved and we [must] continue like this," he said.
"I'm getting better too and now I think that the team should make good the draw of Valladolid with a win on Saturday against Espanyol."
Over the weekend, Valladolid were lucky to come away with a draw against the Valencians after Omar Ramos earned a penalty under suspicious circumstances. Pellegrino, in particular, gave a scathing veridct of the incident, criticising the player for making the most out of Aly Cissokho's attempts to win the ball. The Frenchman was dismissed following the challenge as well.
Ramos has denied claims that he dived to win the penalty and told reporters recently, "Yes, it is a penalty. I fell when his [Cissokho] elbow touched my leg and I stumbled. I did not throw myself to the ground."
"Valencia are very good players and very fast, it was not an easy match for us.
"The point in the end was good. It may have been more, but we are fine with just a point, the team knows we have to keep working."
After 11 games, Valladolid and Valencia both have 15 points with the Pucela in eighth place courtesy of a better away record.