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Pepe Mel: "We have to give our 100 from the moment the ref checks our studs in the tunnel"

07/04/2017 13:53

Pepe Mel stated in Abegondo’s press room this morning that Dépor is “six steps ahead compared to when I arrived. We were up against Atlético de Madrid, Granada had just won, and Dépor had the same points as them. There’s a six-point difference now. I don’t think it’s the same, I think it’s better. What I can’t allow is for us to be conformist with this”.

The Deportivista coach insisted “I don’t want Dépor to be saved because of others faults. I want my team to have ideas and to show them on the pitch to convey things, because that’s my job as a coach”.

He is not concerned that tomorrow’s rival, Sevilla (Estadio Sánchez Pizjuán, 6:30 pm, Bein Sports) have not won a match in the last five games: “I’m worried that Dépor hasn’t won in three matches. Sevilla can go without winning10 more games, but Dépor needs to react right away. It’s true that we’re 6 points further from the drop zone since I came, but it’s not enough. With 28 points you’re relegated. I watch other teams as a fan. You like some more than others, but what matters to me is the team that’s feeding me and treating me well”.

Regarding Sevilla, he said “they’re always in the top four of the Spanish league, which is attainable for only a few, and it means they have the squad and sufficient ideas to beat anyone. And when I say anyone I mean Madrid at their home...”

Therefore, Mel stated, “we have to give our 100% from the moment the ref checks our studs in the tunnel. The match begins from that moment onwards, and we have to be all in.

Despite his past in Betis, the blue-and-white trainer doesn’t think visiting the Sánchez Pizjuan is special now: “I’m focused on Dépor; we have to go out and compete to win. I know the rival’s strengths, because I know them well, but nothing more beyond that”.

With the sixth official match in six days, Mel admitted that the players’ fitness level will be determining: “All the decisions we take tomorrow are related to hurting Sevilla with the knowledge we have of them and that each player on the pitch gives their 100%. We will decide with that”.

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