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Postiga: We must beat Granada

Portugal striker Helder Postiga has issued a rallying cry ahead of Real Zaragoza's relegation scrap with Granada.

The 30-year-old, Zaragoza's top scorer this season with 10 goals, left no doubt about the importance of the match, which pits his 17th-placed side against the team directly above them in the standings.

Zaragoza have not won in the Primera Division this year and last tasted victory against Levante in the Copa Del Rey on January 9.

Postiga believes that unhappy sequence must stop now.

``This is a game we have to win,'' he said.

``This is an important game. We need the points and we are all fully switched on to getting the victory.

``Every one of us has to give the maximum for Real Zaragoza. We must focus on winning our own games and not on the results of others.

``We have had moments of good play in almost every game but we need to keep it going game throughout the 90 minutes.''

And while the responsibility for delivering victory lies squarely with Postiga and his team-mates, he believes the supporters can play their part too.

``The fans always give us a lot of strength,'' he said.

``For example, in the last game against Valencia, we were the better (side) when we went down to 10 players and could even have won thanks to the support of the fans.''

Defeat for Granada would see them sucked into the bottom three, but manager Lucas Alcaraz, speaking at his weekly press conference, preferred a sober tactical assessment of the game to speculation over his team's survival prospects.

``We must be careful at set pieces,'' he said.

``Every game is different and Zaragoza have enough intensity and height (to cause problems).

``No system can guarantee the result, whether we play a 4-2-3-1 or 4-4-2.

``But it is important you do things right.``

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