Fede Valverde, Estrella Player of the Month, stated he is hopeful that “the results will change little by little”

22/11/2017 20:02

Midfielder Fede Valverde received October’s Estrella Player of the Month award this morning in Abegondo, from Eduardo Barba and Maximino Calviño, Cervecería Sampaio managers.

The Uruguayan international, on his behalf, handed both professionals, who were awarded for being the best pub owners in October, a shirt signed by the whole squad.

Valverde seemed proud of his prize: “It’s spectacular; I have to thank the supporters, because they’re there every match. This prize is thanks to them but also the whole group.”

Regarding the match in Malaga, the Branquiazul midfielder believes that “we had everything under control. We relaxed when we were winning 1-2. The extra drive received from Malaga fans and themselves made them win.”

He explained that this relaxation was due to the fact that “we were winning and we had everything under control. We were much better than them up to the 1-2, we stayed back and that was our mistake. It cost us a victory.”

He revealed that Cristobal had told them this morning, in a chat previous to the training session, that “we can’t relax. We have to give 100% whether we're losing or winning. We have to carry on in the same way and results will change little by little.” “The group’s attitude has to continue changing; be stronger, which is what we’re doing. We can’t relax when we’re winning; it’s happened on several occasions,” he insisted.

When asked about the changes in La Rosaleda, Valverde highlighted that “I’m not going to give my opinion about it. The coach’s tactics are his thing and he does it because he knows what’s best. He placed me on the wing and I tried to do my best. We lost which is what’s important.”

He classified this Sunday’s match against Athletic Bilbao at the Estadio ABANCA-RIAZOR (12 pm, Bein LaLiga), corresponding to the 13th fixture of LaLiga Santander, as “very hard. It’s a team in which anyone, from a defender to a striker, can score. When they attack, all eleven of them attack. It’s difficult and we have to control it.”

He doesn’t think that tomorrow’s match against Hertha Berlin in the Europa League will take its toll on the Basque team in A Coruña: “They are professionals. They're prepared to play every day. That’s the least important thing,” he concluded.