Arribas: "We’re very proud of our supporters. A pity we didn’t give them something to celebrate"

20/03/2017 20:09

This morning in Abegondo’s press room, Alejandro Arribas stated “the team did not deserve to lose” the Galician derby (#ONOSODERBI) against Celta in Riazor yesterday. “The group did well, there were few occasions, it was a tight game for both teams. They are a great rival that drain you physically, a lot of one-on-ones. The team wasn’t as good as other days but it was good, normal, it didn’t give the rival options either”, he explained.

The Deportivista central defender assured that the squad “is going to keep on working the same. The dynamic is still good. We’re three matches away from the relegation zone. We have to keep on working. We have three games on the run (Valencia, Granada and Sevilla the same week), and that is when we’ll see if we can distance ourselves or if we have to fight until the end. I hope we work a lot and distance ourselves that week”.

He insisted that having this advantage over the relegation zone “after the match against Leganés, if you asked anyone we all would have signed for this. The team has a positive vibe. Yesterday we lost, but we didn’t deserve it. Carry on working like we have until now and see if we can gain many more points”.

He confessed he finished yesterday’s game “slightly injured. There were no changes left so I did what I could. It was just a bang that was impeding me from running properly, but that’s normal in a match”.

He believes that the derby “should’ve been a draw, the boss has already said so. There was a chance for each team. We had a clear one-on-one in the first few seconds of the second half. Their keeper did well. They had one and they got it in. That’s the difference”.

He highlighted the fans’ role in the stadium: “We’re very proud of our supporters. A pity we didn’t give them something to celebrate, at least a point. It’s a pity because you always want to win these games. At the end of the day, it’s the eternal rival and these matches are always important”.

Asked about how Iago Aspas celebrated his goal towards Dépor’s supporters and pointing at his badge, Arribas aid he didn’t see anything at that moment: “I was concerned because we’d conceded a goal and I was thnking about how to come back and try and equalise. I didn’t even realise. My teammates have just told me now. One can celebrate however they like. Up to him. If a player is hated or not it’s because of something. Iago Aspas and Dépor have nothing in common. The next time this happens the other way round, it’s not going to be amusing for some. At the end of the day, this is football, and sometimes you suffer and others you enjoy it. It’s another anecdote. This year it was their turn, hopefully next year will be ours”.

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