Real Betis full-back Javi Chica says he would like to thank Espanyol fans

Javi Chica returns to his former club Espanyol on Thursday night and insists he would like to say goodbye to the fans after not being given the opportunity to do so following his summer transfer to Betis.

To start with, you must feel good about going back to the Cornella-El Prat? More so because you have played every game so far this term…
Yes, although it is soon, but obviously I’m happy. There are three of us who have played every game: Iriney, Nacho and myself. I’m proud.

Something that appears to say a lot in your favour: Pepe Mel clearly has confidence in you…
Three months ago everything was new for me: the club, my teammates, the coaching staff…so it means a lot the Coach has confidence in me. Besides, I’m now beginning to feel really good physically.

You’ve also provided a lot of crosses and had assists haven’t you?
Yes, the fact the team was in form made everything go well. Now, after four games without a win it is the opposite; we are working just as hard but nothing is going for us.

Do the Betis fans understand that having won four games it has gone to waste by losing four?
It is difficult to understand, above all when on the return to La Primera we were leaders for two consecutive weeks. What we want to do is finish as high as possible. But there is a long way to go and it’s better to have a bad run now and not later on in the season.

It’s a shame about Vadillo’s injury…
You bet. He’s young and has a lot of football ahead of him. He has already shown that in the Bernab

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