Pepe Mel: “We have to make points away from home to be in a more privileged place”

14/10/2017 13:07

After today’s training session behind closed doors at the Estadio ABANCA-RIAZOR, Pepe Mel gave a press conference where he stated, “if we want to have a season that we really think we can do, we cannot rely on just winning three points at Riazor. We have to perform away from home, we have to make points away from home to be in a more privileged place”.

The Deportivista coach recalled that “out of the last three matches, we played two well, but we have to keep on making points, we have to keep on climbing positions, we have to keep on doing things well”.

Along these lines, he was “proud” of the last match his lads played against Getafe, “beyond however it could have resulted in. The way they played, it would have been the same (his feelings)”.

But he warned, “now we have to extend that in time. We cannot allow ourselves to not maintain that throughout time. In the end, what matters most is for Deportivo to be as high as possible”.

He believed that the international break did not come at the best moment because “we have lost players. We recovered some yesterday. It was difficult to prepare the match with people away and others injured”.

Regarding tomorrow’s rival in Ipurua, Eibar (12 pm, Bein LaLiga), Pepe Mel emphasized that “they really press, they’re really strong at their home ground. They handle dead ball situations very well. They’re players that have been together for a long time, the coach has been there a long time. It’s not the best place to go with peace of mind”.

Furthermore, he said, “if we don’t step up a gear, if we have less pace, there’s nothing for us to do”.

He explained Lucas’ situation, who was announced to play after receiving the all-clear today: “We obviously have to be cautious. He was ruled fit to play today. He’s a player that we if we need him, he has to be there to help. He’s a player that makes a difference”.

He also highlighted Schär’s absence: “it’s my decision. He has played many games, he’s come from playing with his national team, he didn’t train the first two days because he was overloaded. If I had asked him to make an effort to be in Ipurua he would have made it without a doubt. But I think it’s an intelligent decision. We have three apt central defenders and they’re 100% well. Personally, I think he should rest”.

He publicly thanked the 250 Deportivistas that will be cheering the team in Ipurua: “I’m sure that those people that are making the effort have to work the following day. We must acknowledge their effort, thank them beforehand and we hope not to disappoint them so that their journey back home is a happy one”.

He spoke of Edu Expósitos recent renewal, and today, he is included again in the list of players set to travel to Bilbao: “I congratulate Edu. He’s earned it. No one gives anything away in football. One is where one deserves to be. He is silently working together with all the other Fabril lads. They are working very well. I could carry on. I think there’s an U19 player who also has potential, is standing out and doing very well”.

The Branquiazul coach insisted, “this is the way to continue for all those teams that don’t have the buying power that other great European teams do. Francis and Edu are going to be with the squad in Ipurua tomorrow. But there can be others at any moment. That’s good news for Deportivo, for everyone that works the youth system and for the future”.

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