Raul Garcia pragmatic on his goal-scoring and Osasuna’s form at start of season


Raul Garcia has downplayed the importance of being Osasuna’s current top scorer, declaring that the team’s fortunes are all that matters.

Garcia has netted three times in the last two matches against Granada and Mallorca respectively.

“This is an anecdotal topic. It is not until the end of the season that you can assess individual and team achievements. Hopefully I can keep scoring goals, but it does not worry me.”

The 25-year-old is back in Pamplona after a less-than-successful spell with Atletico Madrid. Interestingly, his three goals this season have already matched the best goal total he was able to reach in a single season when in Madrid, whilst his final two years with Atleti saw him score just once.

His best ever goal-return for a season is currently from the 2006-07 campaign with Osasuna, where he netted five times. Garcia admitted he does have a bet with teammates on how many he can score this season, but did not disclose the total.

“There are always challenges you set with friends. Whenever there are any pending, you try to set bets to accomplish them. I’m a little above what I thought in terms of goals, but these are still goals I hope will benefit the team first.”

Garcia also chose to comment on the team’s latest performance against Mallorca at the weekend, and revealed that whilst he may be scoring goals, he still believes there is room for improvement.

“I do not hide things. The other day I scored two goals, but both the team and I did not play a good game.

“Today I’m not at the highest level, but I think I’m improving every day. Of course, all things that are positive for me are good for confidence.”

Osasuna have only won once from six games played, and are without a win from the last four played. Finding themselves in mid-table, Garcia remains realistic.

“We must not be so alarmist. We have some good points early in the season. Nor should we go crazy. We could be three or four points, but for now I do not think we are at a critical time to be in a slump.

“There are teams that have fewer points and it seems that others will have a good season. We are at expectations, but could be better.”

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