Adrian believes Dépor is “competing better each time”

18/01/2018 20:41

After receiving December's Estrella Galicia Player of the Month award, Adrian Lopez spoke to the press in Abegondo.

Regarding Sunday’s game at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu (4:15 pm, Bein LaLiga), the Deportivista striker said, “if we play a good match, maybe we can grab some points there. That’s what we have to try and do. Madrid are Madrid in their ground, despite them not being in their best moment. There have been teams that have been able to win points there, and we are hopeful we can get something out of there too.”

About the last two matches against Villarreal and Valencia, he believes, “if we had been luckier, we could’ve won both of them. In the end, we just made one point, but they were complicated rivals. The team performed quite well, they didn’t create many chances. It’s true we made some mistakes and that’s why we lost points.”

Adrian confessed that on the night of last Saturday’s match against Valencia at the Estadio ABANCA-RIAZOR, he spent quite a lot of time thinking about the opportunity he squandered at the last minute which would have meant a draw: “It would have been a good point, psychologically it would have been very uplifting to come back from losing 0-2 against Valencia. It’s a pity, it went slightly high. Sometimes you can’t explain why. I didn’t latch on to it properly for it to go lower. Sometimes you have to secure those attempts by aiming lower and they go high.”

He feels the team is “aware we have played good matches against difficult rivals. I think the team has competed, they’ve faced the consequences. I don’t think we deserved to lose the Valencia game, and I think we had more chances than Villarreal. The team has good sensations regarding the way we're playing. We have to continue this way."

However, he assured that the players “want to be in a better position, we want to win. At the end of the day, winning gives you some stability. It’s what we want, and what we’re aiming for. We hope to achieve it soon. We know we’re doing things better. By working and doing things this way, the results will come.”

Along these lines, and regarding individual mistakes that penalise the team, he insisted, “we’re the first ones that know we’ve made a mistake. But that’s going to happen in every match. We have to look at the team as a whole. The group is competing better each time, and in the last two matches, the team has faced the consequences, competed well and we could’ve gained more points.”

The Deportivista forward joins the “take each match as it comes along” philosophy: “Every match ahead is extremely important because we’re in need of points. It’s what we have to think about; preparing each game to try and win, because we need it, because we need a run of consecutive wins to uplift the team. It’s what we’re aiming for, and this happens by preparing each match well.”

Asked about Real Madrid, Adrian emphasized that Los Blancos do not have a crisis: “Madrid is always required to win and when that does not happen, it seems that everything is wrong. It's Madrid, they can beat you any time. You have to have a great game to try and get something out of there.”

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