The Yellow Submarine are still fighting for their Primera Liga lives and need a draw to stay up without relying on others, while Atleti need all three points to qualify for the Champions League if Malaga fail to beat Sporting Gijon at La Rosaleda.
“Without doubt this is the most important game of my career at club level,” the Brazilian-born Spanish international told a Press conference. “It is a very important match for everybody, given what we are playing for.”
In addition, Senna maintains his team will be going onto the pitch with the idea of winning the game and not playing for the draw that will guarantee them safety.
“We will go out to win and will not gamble because when you do that you lose, particularly against a team such as Atletico who usually score. What we have is the advantage of being more rested, playing at home and having a lot more to play for than them,” he insisted, before warning against the danger of in-form Colombian hitman Radamel Falcao and the fact Diego Simeone is the man in charge of Villarreal’s opponents.
“Falcao is a great player, a matador, who we are already aware of and has proven what he is capable of doing,” he said. “But knowing Simeone, who recognises his team can reach the Champions League, it is clear he will be coming here to take the points.”