Seedorf asks for "a favourable environment, with positive energy" at the ABANCA-RIAZOR tomorrow

16/03/2018 20:13

This afternoon in ABANCA-RIAZOR's press room, Clarence Seedorf stated that tomorrow's match against UD Las Palmas (1 pm, Bein LaLiga) is going to be "a difficult match against a team that, in my opinion, is still alive. I've seen Las Palmas' players fighting for every ball the whole 90 minutes." "We are ready to have a great match and win," he added.

Asked about whether tomorrow's game is a final, he explained that "you cannot play 10 finals. You can only play one final, which is the decisive match. This is not the case. If you want to call it a knockout round or something like that."

He does not want to think about anything else other than "winning tomorrow. Before a match I think I am going to win. It is the only thought you can have".

Nor does he think it is the most important match since he has come to Dépor: "Every match was as important as the other, with the same need. It is now a direct duel, against a team that is fighting for the same thing. They're the same 3 points as those of Getafe, Girona, Alaves, Eibar... 3 points are 3 points. Tomorrow they may be worth more especially because of how the standings are".

He is not concerned about the lack of goal, especially not the forwards. So, he used Higuain as an example: "last season he was without scoring for 3 months, and in Juventus. We mustn't go crazy. Andone has already scored. Lucas continues creating, he continues reaching the box. Against Eibar and against Espanyol we had many chances, we prowled their box... the post, the penalty. If the team is still creating, I'm not going to worry."

He did warn, however, that the team must improve "entering the box with a little more energy."

On the other hand, he emphasized that since coming to Dépor, "we have given more importance to creating a compact, solid team. We have somewhat achieved this. It's not perfect, obviously. The feeling that the opponent can score every time they attack no longer exists. And this gives the team peace of mind. And, we have also managed to create scoring chances. That's why I'm not concerned about this subject. I'm sure our time will come," he concluded.

Regarding the crowd, the Dutch coach expects them "to be supporters. The fans always stand up for their colours. I know what Dépor fans are like, as a rival. I have experienced it in some home games as well. I think tomorrow there's going to be a favourable environment, with positive energy, because with everyone's energy, players', club's and fans', we will be able to get to where we want to. We have to do things so that our players feel supported and Las Palmas to feel the pressure."

Regarding Las Palmas, he explained that "their coach's philosophy is well-known. He has a very clear philosophy. We are well aware of how to play against them.”

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