Mollejo: "We must be aware of the situation but not be overwhelmed by it"

05/11/2019 20:30

Victor Mollejo spoke to the press in Abegondo this morning.

Regarding Sunday’s clash at the ABANCA-RIAZOR against Elche CF (12pm, Movistar Laliga 1), the Deportivista forward said, "I like playing at the ABANCA-RIAZOR. It is a stage that breathes football and I love that. It's always good to return to your stadium. Despite the situation, the fans always respond marvellously. Whenever I play at the ABANCA-RIAZOR I always play with great enthusiasm, eager to perform well in front of our people. Let's see if we're lucky and we give them a win this week."

A regular in many games with Juan Antonio Anquela, he is now "calm" in the encounters directed by Luis César where he starts on the bench: "When I arrived here, I had to play almost every minute. I gave my all. Now I have to start from the bench. A player always wants to play as many minutes as possible but he has no other choice but to work and try to make the most of the minutes the coach gives him.”

He would not mind playing as a second striker, as well as on the wing. "I love being a versatile guy and playing in all positions. If the coach decides to put me on as a winger, perfect, because that’s where I've been playing all season. And if he decides to put me on as a second striker, also perfect, because that's my position." "I like to tread as much of the box as I can. I’m good reaching the area from the back. It's the position I've always played. I get to the area better from that position," he said.

He admitted the team left Fuenlabrada with a different sensation to the match at Santander, although the result in both matches was the same (1-1). "The games change a lot, they’re very different. Every game is a different world. You have to take into account Fuenlabrada’s streak, especially at home. They’re a very strong team, that have clear ideas. When you start off losing by 1 goal, a draw is better than coming back empty-handed. Defence-wise the team was solid, just like the second half at Santander. We have to stick to that, to continue being solid in defence. We will continue along that path, trying to concede as little as possible and make the most of our chances so that we finally grab a win."

Furthermore, he believes that the team is struggling to generate threats in the opponent's area and hopes "to find that balance of being solid and creating opportunities at the front. Before, we were more successful generating chances thank being solid at the back. Now, it’s the other way around. The good news is that we know get what we need, we understand the coach’s concepts to achieve that balance."

He rates the match against Elche CF as "another final. Every match is very important. That victory must come and the sooner, the better. It’s good for us to return to the ABANCA-RIAZOR. We’ve played 2 games solid at the back. Let's see if we can give our fans the much-needed victory now."

Asked about his level of concern regarding the league position, Mollejo highlighted, "I would worry if it were another type of league. But 2 wins in Second Division almost puts you in the middle of the table. And if in a month, you have a good roll gaining points, you can be eighth or seventh. We must be calm, fighting as much as we can and being aware of the situation, we are in the relegation zone as you say. I’m looking forward to the weekend to begin winning back to back games."

In fact, he insists that Depor’s position "is not by chance. It's a reality. We are at the bottom; we must be aware of it. The players know better than anyone else. We are the ones who come here every day. And despite this losing streak, we keep coming back with the same enthusiasm as in the first league match. You have to be aware of the situation but not be overwhelmed by it, because if it overwhelms you, it can all go in a downward spiral."

Finally, he does not believe that the team lacks personality: "There are people in the dressing room with strong personalities who always try to help. The age doesn’t matter, it’s what you prove on the pitch and if people see you as mature."

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