05 Mar 2021
Winger Borja Galán conceded an interview to Sportpaper Deporte Campeón. He analyzed the moment of the team, the project with the academy and the situation of coach Rubén de La Barrera.

Q: You had a week off, to reflect, recharge your batteries, continue adapting to what the coach wants, what has it been for?
A: This week, above all, has helped us to clean our heads a bit, distract ourselves a little, clear ourselves by not having competition last weekend and since Monday we started training; we are deeply involved in the important game that we have against Pontevedra, We have had many days of work, a long week to work on many concepts and we hope it will be reflected on Sunday on the field, which is what we want.

Q: When you find yourself in the situation you are in, with three games ahead of you, what goes through your head, how do you deal with it?
A: It's a very complex situation, but luckily or unfortunately, the only thing we have to worry about right now is winning the game with Pontevedra. By winning this match, surely things will be seen differently. Not much less that will everything be done, but that by winning it would change the way of seeing the next two games.

Q: This week the new president appeared and said it would be almost a miracle to get promoted. Do those words take pressure off you, hurt, how do you valorize it?
A: Since the match with Racing Ferrol ended, we know that it’s very complicated, because there are only three games left in this phase, but if we have any option, and I think we still have it, it is passing through winning the match with Pontevedra and then we'll see what the other rivals do, the options we can have for the other two games, but if we don't beat Pontevedra it would be mathematically impossible or almost impossible and that's what we don't want. We want to be there until the end. This is the next match and it’s the one we are focusing on.

Q: What arguments do you have in the changing room to believe in yourself?
A: We know that we are good players. Obviously, things haven’t worked out for us this year, the results are there, especially in such a short competition system, because in 42 matchdays we would have time to maneuver. We know that the start hasn’t been the desired one, but we have the capacity to demonstrate much more than what has been seen to date. These three games remain from this phase, another six from the next, we don’t know if it will be to promote to Segunda Division or Segunda Pro, and we have to focus on this first.

Q: You have played with all the teams in the group, if you could go back to October, would you change for another squad?
A: No. The reality is that no. Talking now after fifteen games and having seen the results, you can rate the other teams better, but anyone from the football world in October was very happy with the creation of the squad for this league. We know that we have to do self-criticism because we are the first to not measure up and we have to assume it and try to change the situation in the remaining games.

Q: On a personal level, what did you expect from the season and how do you analyze it so far?
A: A bit like all of them. I expected a lot more from myself, from the team and from everyone. I am critical of my performance. I know that I have had games in which I have been more successful, it is a complicated year in all aspects due to the pandemic, the competition system, the urgencies that we have... this cannot serve as an excuse, but the situation is there.

Q: You have a goal, you have a revulsive role, did you expect more prominence or is that secondary now?
A: Right now, the individual situations are not even in the background, but in the third or fourth level. The player will do well if the group does well. That I can demand other situations doesn’t make any sense. I, honestly, would sign to be a substitute from here to the end and that next year we will be in Segunda Division. Obviously, I want to play as many minutes as I can and score goals, be important and decisive, but now we have to put it aside and think about the team.

Q: In the minutes you have had, you can see that you have given everything, does it help you to think that you have a clear conscience?
A: Well, in the end the clear conscience is related to having given everything in the field, but also with the results. If you give me the choice between not leaving everything on the field and winning or leaving everything and losing, I am left with the first option, so it isn’t a matter of having a clear conscience or not, but of each one to do it in the best possible way and surely if we put the actions of all together we are closer to the objectives.

Q: Against Guijuelo you were key in the last moments with a ball that you saved in defense. That shows that you are activated, someone else wouldn’t have tried to clear that ball.
A: I think that any teammate in that situation would have done it. I was lucky and that the game ended well.

Q: It seemed that with that victory the issue was going to be redirected, but in Ferrol, the same thing again. What happened to you, why did the team decline after the first hit?
A: I think it’s a good summary. In the first part, without being excessively well, we had our chances. I think more than them. But in this dynamic in which if you don’t put in the chance that you have, the opponent will hurt you the first time and I think that it hit us hard with the goal and it was difficult for us to react, we hardly created chances, a shot of Claudio that I remember. It was difficult for us to overcome that blow and it is something that we must improve in the next games.

Q: In the first round, Depor and Pontevedra were fighting for promotion and now, not to go down...
A: Yes, the first leg, if I remember correctly, was to see who would take the lead and now we are fighting to avoid that red zone and get hooked on those privileged positions. Like us, they also have their pressure, it is a team made to be among the top three and I don’t know their particular situation, but they will also be forced by the results they have obtained since then.

Q: The president of Depor spoke in his presentation of the academy and announced that there will be a percentage of players who will be promoted each year to the first team, what do you think?
A: I come from Fabril, I have been in the academy and I think it’s positive to have that base of home players. If they give the level, why don't you have them in the first team? In addition, it would give a feeling of belonging, of being linked to a club and a city, which is necessary for all teams to have. I think it can be very positive. These are examples of other teams that in difficult situations have pulled from the academy and have been the basis of that resurgence, so why not? I am very excited that young kids, who have worked it out, who have done a lot of laps, have a chance in an important team. Then, it will be up to them to take that opportunity or not. If after a year or two in the first team, you don’t match the level, no matter how much you come from the bottom, they will not keep you. It is important that those opportunities are given and then seized.

Q: Do you think the last two, Rayco and Villares, are taking advantage of them?
A: Yes, I feel that they are one more part of the team, you don't notice that difference that they come from the bottom, and also in such a complicated year, which can have double merit because you go from a situation of zero pressure, even if you have objectives, to a maximum pressure and it isn’t easy to manage it.

Q: How is the coach, Rubén de la Barrera, the results don’t support him after six games in the team with only one victory and one goal in favor?
A: I see Rubén with great strength. If in this complicated situation like the one we are in, the coach was in low spirits or in a more pessimistic situation, we all would see everything much darker. His attitude is one of blind trust in us even without giving him too many reasons and I see him strong, convinced. I remember two or three talks after games in which he lifted our spirits in very compromised situations and this week he has been in the same line, plugged in, putting everyone in, because he knows that the team comes out of these situations, not a specific player but the entire squad.

Q: And vice versa, do you put your hands in the fire for him?
A: Of course. When you see that the coach feels strong, eager, confident in those ideas, he transmits that confidence to yourself. The important thing about a coach is that he trusts the group and the group, in him, and I think that, fortunately, we do have that.

Q: Speaking of coaches, with Cristóbal Parralo, you were with him at Fabril, did you talk after the game at A Matata, what did he tell you?
A: Those are mythical football conversations after a game. We greet each other with affection. I thank him very much for the importance he has had in my career and I will always be grateful to him.



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