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Boveda: “We have to fight humbly to achieve our goal as it’s very important to save ourselves”

23/01/2018 20:48

Eneko Boveda spoke to the press this morning in his first ever press conference as an RC Deportivo player.

The Basque defender assured that he has “all the faith in the world that the coach (Cristobal Parralo) is going to achieve these goals with us. We have to know that he believes in the squad, the squad believes in him; that’s the formula, to highlight the team’s quality and that the results will follow.”

He says he feels comfortable as a centre-back and right-wing: “It’s the coach who will see me, who will see my characteristics, where I can be useful in the squad, where I can help.”

He believes that Deportivo “have very good players” and, for this reason, he highlighted that “it’s probable that at the beginning of the season there were other hopes or aims. Now we’re already in that position. We can’t think we’re fantastic, because we haven’t proved it. We have to fight humbly to achieve our aim as it’s very important to save ourselves. We have to get through this with work.”

He insisted that Dépor is a team “with quality, individual quality, which has probably got into the dynamic of little by little losing confidence in themselves, in the one next to them. We’re looking for that inflection point where you’ll see the team’s quality, and find the way to hold on.”

When asked about last Sunday’s 7-1 at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Eneko Boveda “I put myself in their shoes, because in the end they were the ones that suffered. The fans must feel bad, but I can assure you that the players feel worse. It hurts your ego, morale and all the confidence you have. I suppose the group has low confidence but they know that Saturday’s game will be a completely different story and you can’t give up, but from now on you have to think about that and leave the rest behind.”

He maintained that he’s come from Athletic Club, “where I felt comfortable”, to Deportivo with “renewed hopes. I have all the hope in the world. The one who has it harder will have confidence issues, but this has to change and you have to think a bit, with a few good results, everything can change and there’ll be more smiles in the atmosphere.”

About Saturday’s game against Levante at the Estadio ABANCA-RIAZOR (1 pm, Bein LaLiga), corresponding to the 21st fixture of LaLiga Santander, Boveda stated that “it’s an important match and everybody knows that. They can distance themselves from us or we can get closer. At the moment they’re a direct rival. Let’s hope that as the league advances we put more teams into that fight. But at the moment they are who they are.”

He asks that “nobody should disregard Levante because they’ve just promoted, because they have First Division players and they’re not going to concede any goal.”

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