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Álex is calm because "the team is reliable, it's lost the fewest matches and we always come close to winning"

02/04/2019 21:30

Álex Bergantiños stated in Abegondo's press room this morning that the league "is at the decisive stage, we're in the last 10 games. We must get through this long-distance race and try to make the most of our large squad for a good final sprint."

The Deportivista skipper admitted that last month "the expectations of winning everything at the ABANCA-RIAZOR were too high. We lost some points because of specific details. It's obvious that the team lost a little confidence and we had some doubts in our home games."

Our homegrown captain concluded that "there are cycles throughout the season. The same way we were unbeatable at the ABANCA-RIAZOR at the start, we've now had this bad patch. We mustn't do our heads in; focus on this week and try to win at home again, which is fundamental."

He described this Saturday's match (4pm, LaLiga 1|2|3 TV) against Rayo Majadahonda at the ABANCA-RIAZOR as "extremely important to turn this dynamic round, it's a new month to change our mindset, and get rid of the negative sensations we had in the last home games."

Regarding last Sunday's game at the Carlos Tartiere in Oviedo, Álex believes the team "played with a cooler mindset in the sense that we did more straightforward things, we had closer support. When we recovered the ball we were more at ease as a teammate was always nearby. We lacked a bit of depth in attack at some points, against a complicated rival and ground."

The Branquiazul midfielder highlighted "what we need most is a win. The team needs a positive scoreline. The other day in Oviedo, they scored in the first action of the game and it was the only chance they had in the first half. We were also mentally strong when it came to turning the match around after the awful month we've had. We need that type of game where you walk onto the pitch and in a corner, the first chance you get you take the lead. That would take a burden off our shoulders and give us the peace of mind we've lost in this stage of the competition."

Along these lines, he insisted that the team needs "a couple of good results because we are capable enough of doing it. Those matches that were so even, where we could've achieved something with a minor detail, we lacked effectiveness in certain moments to win and get out of this downward spiral."

In Álex's opinion, this season Dépor "have a higher draw rate than we would've liked. We have the number of defeats expected. If we changed 2 draws for 2 wins, we would be in the automatic promotion. We have to increase our win rate from here to the end of the season. I'm calm because the team is reliable, it's lost the fewest matches and we always come close to winning. We have to step up, win more than we usually do from here to the end."

For this reason, in such an even and tight competition, he says the team must "increase our statistics. I trust the fact that we have such a large squad to be fitter than the rest of the teams in this last stretch of the competition, increase our average and gain more points than we have done so far."

With a vast experience in Segunda, he believes it is "the most even in the world because of the level and the teams' structure; because of the minor differences in the teams' budgets compared to other tiers/competitions. It's been notable in the last few years. There is little difference. Any bottom team can beat a team from the top of the league. The matches are always very even. They're determined by minor details. What we have in our favour is that we're a reliable team which competes every match. We always generate more chances than our rivals."

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