Cristóbal: “Every time we put this shirt on, we have to defend it the best way possible”

28/11/2017 20:45

Regarding the second leg of the qualifying rounds of Copa del Rey, tomorrow against Las Palmas, Cristobal Parralo stated, “Every time we put this shirt on, we have to defend it the best way possible. We are going there representing our Club, we will try to compete the best way we can, and try to perform at the level people expect us to.”

Along these lines, the Deportivista coach added, “in this match, we have much more to gain than lose. The first leg’s results are pretty much in their favour. We will try and play the best way we can and we’ll see how it goes.”

For this reason, Cristobal recalled that “in three days (Saturday 2 December, at 6:30 pm, at the Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan) we have an important match in Seville.”

Asked about what happened in yesterday’s training session, Cristobal explained, “we are trying to manage this internally and the best way possible. It happens a lot in many teams. It was in the heat of the moment between two teammates (Arribas and Andone). From that moment onwards, we try to make sure that the group's dynamic is as best as it can be and when sparks fly, make sure it doesn’t turn into a fire. Above all, we try to make sure there is respect, so we can all work the best way possible.”

In his opinion, “you can’t give it much importance. We’re a team that tries to solve everything internally and making decisions together with the coaching staff and the rest of the squad. From that moment on, we will try and be stronger as a group, and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

He highlighted, “We’ve cleared the air. I hope it doesn’t happen again. We have to focus on the matches we have now, Las Palmas and Sevilla. This has to be put to one side. I think it’s solved groupwise, and we're going to handle it well. I don’t think anyone likes what happened.”

He settled the issue by restating his decision to exclude both players from tomorrow’s game: “Today they haven’t trained with the group, and they're not going to Las Palmas. I have made the decision as a coach.”

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