Fede Cartabia: "The fans love me too much for what little I’ve done here"

21/01/2019 20:27

Fede Cartabia spoke to the press in Abegondo this morning.

Asked about the ovation he received at the ABANCA-RIAZOR last night when he came off, the Argentinian forward said, “They love me too much for what little I’ve done here. I’m very grateful and I hope to be important. That’s why I stayed; to grow here and return to where we deserve to be. It’s not going to be easy, there’s a long road ahead. The fun’s just getting started.”

He stated the fans’ affection does not make him more responsible: “We’re all equally responsible. We wear the same strip. What it does is make me feel like I’m home. That’s important for a professional player because of the confidence it gives you.”

He believes that yesterday’s victory against Albacete Balompié allowed the team “to carry on believing in ourselves. We had come from a bad run of results we weren’t used to. We wear the shirt of an important club and we have the obligation to win in every ground.”

Along these lines, he insisted that this victory “helps us carry on improving, growing, and for the next match, which is going to be a good one,” referring to Sunday’s game against Sporting de Gijón (6pm, Movistar Partidazo) at El Molinón.

He explained that the week after the defeat in Mallorca “allowed many of us to see what type of group we are, what type of people form part of it. It allowed many of us to let off steam, to help each other. The most important thing at the end of the day, which you witnessed on the pitch, is that we corrected our mistakes. And that’s what’s most important in a team when things don’t go well, to be united, to press and row in the same direction.”

On a personal level, Fede Cartabia is “happy because I played again, because we won, and because I scored an important goal for me, to carry on growing and give me confidence for the next games.”

He assured he is perfectly fit: “All’s good. I’m adjusting in the sense that when I feel more tired than usual, I let them know so that I don’t relapse.”

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