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Q&A WITH TITO RAMALLO

04 Mar 2009
Deportivo B is struggling to survive at Segunda B, the last 1-4 defeat at Real Uni??n –the worst one on the season- has left the squad four points above the safety. Now coach Tito Ramallo talks to newspaper La Opini??n A Coru?±a about his feelings and the situation at Fabril.

Q: After losing against Real Union, you were clear: you said it was the worst game of your team on this season. Besides the quality of the opponent, why Fabril played so poorly?
A: We lacked aggression, we had low intensity. We didn’t have the experience of the veteran and after the 1-0, we fell down.

Q: Three games without adding a point. Is the team passing through its worst moment since the start of the league?
A: No. The worst moment was when we only added four points after the first nine matchdays. At that time, we were away from everything. Now the same is happening to us comparing the situation to the one of the direct rivals that are occupying the last positions.

Q: Four goals allowed. You insist a lot on the defensive security. Are you failing at the back?
A: For the game at Ir??n, you can think that yes. We had a bad day, but we are not weakened defensively. We can’t arrive to this conclusion just for one defeat.

Q: Are you noticing the absence at your team of a man that marks the differences, a kind of guide or leader capable of cheering up the game?
A: It is obvious that we lack that, because Fabril has young people that must continue growing. It's normal. We can say that Rochela, Dani and Juan (Dominguez) are now settled in midfield, players that are very young, two of them still at the age of Juveniles.

Q: I ask you now for Lassad and Chirri, who are working at the first team, whose casualties have been felt in recent matches. Until which point are their absences affecting the coach of the B squad?
A: Fabril exists for this reason, to feed the first team when is necessary. It's the way in which Deportivo has to work with the youth teams. To see them up there represents good news for the club, but also has consequences at the squad of the B team. Undoubtedly, their absences have affected us, but we must assume it. The results are the main thing, but the coach of the B squad must live of the youth teams.

Q: Fabril hasn’t taken off. Now the permanence is complicated again and sometimes you seem tired after a defeat. Is this how you feel?
A: It could be the sensation I am giving. When a team is under construction, it isn’t easy to correct the defects. Time passes and you see that some things are not surpassed and that the failures happen again. We don’t get footballers already made. When the team is more done, then the tireness of the coach is less visible.

Q: And this despondency, is also affecting the squad, at least after a heavy defeat like the last one?
A: The team is upset due the four goals allowed and for not been competing well. But we're not going to give more importance to this result compared with others that haven’t been good.

Q: Your three next rivals: Racing Santander B, Sporting de Gij??n B and Marino, are also struggling for the permanence. Have you returned to make calculations?
A: We are going for the simple thing: to think of the points on each matchday. Our league starts now, but we can not think in a long-term, neither to mortgage solutions thinking about the following weeks.

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