Dani Gimenez: “When you talk a lot about the refs, it ends up sounding like an excuse; and we don’t want that”

24/10/2018 21:02

One of Dépor’s captains, Dani Gimenez, spoke to the press in Abegondo this morning. “The players drew the match,” in reference to last Saturday’s game at the Nuevo Arcangel. “If we had been better, we probably would have won the match and even more whilst we were in the lead.”

In his opinion, “when you talk a lot about the refs, it ends up sounding like an excuse; and we don’t want that. We have to focus on what’s coming. We have to learn once and for all that the ref is independent, that even though he may have some influence on the result, we have more influence is our behaviour is inappropriate.”

For this reason, the Deportivista goalkeeper insisted on “focusing on ourselves, try to keep the ball and carry on like we’re doing. Polish those small details. Nothing else. If you carry on talking about the ref you lose focus. And the Reus match is on its way.”

The Galician goalkeeper highlighted “there’s a lack of calm in certain situations. We have to learn straight away that there are some cards we mustn’t receive. We talk a lot about Segunda, but we shouldn’t do that in Primera either. Forget the refs because the result is going to depend on what we do on the pitch 99% of the times. The ref may help or not, but at the end of the day, it’s our game, our mindset and above all, keeping calm in these situations.”

Regarding this first stretch of the league, after 10 games, the Deportivista keeper is positive: “A new system, new coach, new teammates. We’ve adapted quite fast to what was expected. But to value this first past positively, we’ll have to see what we do later on. We’ve adapted quickly but we have to carry on growing as a team. We have an advantage compared to other teams: We have a great squad, very competitive and balanced. It’s important because it's such a long and equal competition. We have to carry on growing as a team.”

Regarding this Saturday’s rival at the ABANCA-RIAZOR (4 pm, LaLiga 1|2|3 TV), Dani pointed out , “I quite like their playing style. We’re going to have to do well when they press because they are a daring team. If we don’t maintain order or intensity, they may make it tough for us.” “I love the goalkeeper, but they have 3 or 4 players that if you allow them to gain confidence can be dangerous.”

On a personal level, he relies on “always maintaining regularity. Every now and again, you have to let praises go through one ear and out the other, just like your mistakes. I would like people to rate me at the end of the season. Beyond doing it on a weekly basis. What’s important is maintaining a regularity and that’s what’s going to help the team climb.”

He is well aware that “there’s no point in doing well 10 games if you’re not going to do well on the 11th. Keepers are in the spotlight when we make a mistake. There are games where I may have to pull more saves and other times I may fail and a teammate may have to clear the ball off the goal line, or we concede a goal because of me and the team scores 3.”

After 10 games, he feels “important in the team and I’m happy. I’m fine. Physically I feel fine. I’m still as enthusiastic as I was when I signed. I know exactly what I want. At the end of the day, it’s daily work to carry on fine and not doze off individually as well as a team. The same way the competition is even with other teams, it's that same in the squad. You always have to be at your best level to be able to perform.”