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Juanfran points out that the team now has a "clear identity"

04/01/2017 20:12

Juanfran was the centre of attention in Abegondo's press room today. Regarding yesterday's most controversial moment, in our home match against Alavés, where Juanfran was knocked down in the area and not awarded a penalty, he said, "I've only seen it once and I don't want to see it again, because it's frustrating. It's a blatant penalty. It's true that on the replay you can see the ref's view is blocked by a player. I honestly believe he didn't see it, because if he had, he would have blown the whistle. And the linesman doesn't inform him. They said that the defender slipped, but when he slips he leaves his leg high in the air".

For this reason, he stated, "we haven't started the year on a good foot. They gave Alavés a more questionable penalty, which looked somewhat clear, but there's no doubt on mine".

For Juanfran, last night's result in the first leg of the last 16 in Copa del Rey, was "a relief, because we're not happy. We weren't good when we had the ball, and we weren't precise in the last metres. We didn't cross the ball well yesterday. We lacked that little extra. Coming back from holidays may make things a little harder. You notice those who are missing because they're important players".

Along these lines, he thinks that yesterday, the team lacked "clarity up front, especially precision".

As one of the players who has progressed the most, our right-back sees a silver lining: "The team has a clear identity, which we haven't had in the three years I've been here. We're a tough, hard working team, that goes on to the end. And we play football".

He also noted, "Guilherme made an impact when he came on. We have an idea of playing football. As a midfielder, he gets right in there. We play well and when we have an idea, things end up turning out well. That's what I think is happening to us".

This Friday, 6 January, we have a league match against Espanyol in Cornella, El Prat (8:45pm Gol TV): "They're a great rival who are going through a great phase, with great players. It's a beautiful match to play, and I think we can play it man to man. I don't think we're a worse rival than them. I think we're going to do a great game. We need an away victory. It's the perfect moment, the day of the Three Kings, they can give us a win".

If we obtain three points in Cornella, Juanfran believes that Dépor's first round of the league "won't be that bad. We'll be pretty safe with two games still to go. We have to break the dynamic of our away games, because we have three in January, and if you don't win away, it ends up getting complicated".

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