Ruben: “We need to believe in ourselves to play in a ground like Camp Nou”

13/12/2017 20:34

Ruben Martinez spoke to the press in Abegondo this morning.

Regarding Deportivo’s visit to the Camp Nou against FC Barcelona this Sunday (8:45 pm, Movistar Partidazo), the goalkeeper highlighted that “it’s very complicated. Everyone finds it wonderful to play there, but it’s very complicated, although we still have good sensations from the last match.”

The victory against CD Leganes last Saturday at the Estadio ABANCA-RIAZOR “it always gives an extra boost of confidence for everyone. We need to believe in ourselves to play in a ground like this.”

With no goals from the rival, Ruben pointed out about that victory that “it’s always good, both personally for the goalkeeper as for the team. The team defended spectacularly. We didn’t concede anything to Leganes. That’s perfect. Confidence for everyone. Besides, we have good quality players to create opportunities. I’m very happy about not having conceded any goals.”

This Sunday, in the match corresponding to the 16th fixture of LaLiga Santander, “we all need to be concentrated; we have to play a perfect match. They can’t have a good day, and we have to make sure that we provoke that too. And, even so, it’ll be complicated to gain something there. We have to stay positive.”

He revealed that in the changing-room, the players coincided that “it’s very difficult to play against them; the players they have; the way they play. It’s very complicated. They’re skilled... They’re the best players in the world. We commented their skill; how they play; the passes they give, their control... It’s difficult to defend against them; running after the ball; having to work on defence; then, being tired and keep possession of the ball. We commented things like that.”

He explained that Cristobal Parralo was mainly focusing the training sessions of the week on “small details; how we can challenge them and make it difficult. We’ll be training that. We’ve had two training sessions. Yesterday we had rehab fitness; today was more tactical work focusing on the match. We keep working on the small details. Today, we also watched videos; corrected mistakes. It’s a long week; there’ll be plenty of time to work.”

After spending 10 years in Barcelona’s youth categories, the goalie admitted that it is a special match: “I was formed as a person. I’ll always be linked to Barcelona and Barça. It’s always special, and always tough too.”

He remembered coinciding with several players from the culé team, such as Andres Iniesta: “Some have already left because I’m also getting older. But there are always people from the house like Carlos Naval (delegate), Chema, the kit man ... People from home and the Club that you’re always happy to see.”

Ruben’s opinion about Barcelona is “they’re at the same level as other seasons because they’re more efficient than other years. It’ll be the same or tougher,” he insisted.