When Carlos Vela injured his knee against Real Madrid two months ago, he expected Real Sociedad to struggle slightly as they readjusted to life without their leading goal-scorer, but he never expected the team to sink as low as the relegation zone only to find themselves surging back up the table.
In an interview with AS, Vela stated that he was frustrated watching the team's inconsistent form from the sidelines, but that he was more surprised that they did so well without him.
"I wasn't surprised personally, I was surprised that we weren't winning and we did so poorly in the league table up to that point in the season. I expected them to move up in the table with or without me. Now we'll try to finish the season in the best possible position."
Vela went on to add that he is getting back into the flow of things, although he had to leave training early that morning due to discomfort in his knee but stated that everyone is working hard under David Moyes to keep in form during the final stretch of the season.
The Mexican international also spoke about his Scottish manager and the changing of the guard he promised at Anoeta this summer.
"We'll all have to start looking for new teams, he's going to bring in a lot of players...(laughs). In football, they're always talking so they can fill the papers up with something and it's normal that they'd say those things, but it's all on the outside. We're all doing what we need to do and we're all doing the best we possibly can to improve, whether we're listening to the rumours or not."
Following Vela's injury on 31 January, Real Sociedad went 2-2-1, with their third straight win coming in last weekend's win over Cordoba, which saw the Mexican international make his return.