Valencia midfielder Pablo Hernandez says he is pleased with how the season is going so far, insisting that he will "give everything" for Los Che this season, according to Super Deporte.
The 24-year-old, who scored in Valencia's 2-0 win over fellow title hopefuls Sevilla, also said he is "proud" to challenge Joaquin for a place in the first XI, describing his team-mate as the benchmark for wingers.
Pablo added that the competition between the two is healthy.
"Above all we are partners and I wish him well when he plays," he said. "We must think about the good of the team, the season is long and there will be enough time for us all."
He insists that the competition for places is a necessary part of a successful side.
"In all positions now there is great competition, which is what all great teams have," he said.
Pablo also feels that the squad is stronger this season, and attributes this, in part, to the "hard" physical training regime of Pako Ayestaran, former fitness coach at Liverpool.
"He has shown wherever he has been that these things are done well," the player concluded.
Paul Madden, Goal.com