Natxo González: "What makes me most happy is that we remain the same"

01/02/2019 21:29

Natxo Gonzalez explained in Abegondo's press room that Iñigo Lopez's signing was due to "Gerard Valentin's departure. Eneko Boveda is a right-back and will have to fight with David Simon. Therefore, we have another centre-back, 2 for each position, so that there's still competition. He's an experienced player who we think can help us as he has experienced several promotions and these kinds of situations."

Regarding Nahuel Leiva, the Deportivista coach stated he is "a winger, an impact player with a good shot. This gives us more possibilities to open wide."

He is "happy" with the squad: "With the squad we had, the reinforcements would be to cover those that left. And that's what happened. With Carles gone, we had to decide on what kind of player to bring. We decided on a profile where we had the possibility of playing two ways: more open or more closed."

Furthermore, he insisted, "what makes me most happy is that we remain the same. I was quite afraid that our important players would leave because it could happen at any moment. I was restless thinking that any club could come, pay, and take one of our players. Look at Elche! They lost Sory Kaba at the very last moment yesterday. It was what worried me the most. I'm glad and happy that none of this happened. I know the fans are a little disappointed and I hope they can see the bright side."

Regarding tomorrow's game against CD Tenerife at the ABANCA-RIAZOR (8:30pm, LaLiga 1|2|3 TV), Natxo said, "at home, we tend to mark the pace of the game. It will depend on our attitude."

Asked about tomorrow's rival, he replied that Tenerife "have players with the skills to take the ball away from us. That would be a problem for us. In order to anticipate this, we must try and have as much possession as possible, as we always do. And then press high. We'll see what the weather's like, and what the conditions are like in ABANCA-RIAZOR. That can change the course of the game."

Regarding last week's win in Gijon, the Branquiazul coach highlighted the importance of "winning away from home again. We were obviously more effective. We still need 2 goals to win away. We always concede for one reason or another, so we still have to be effective. But we're competing much better away from home. When I say compete, I mean the best way of describing the game and what excited me the most was that we were quite tough at times, a complicated team, a team that generated frustration. We have to carry on that way."