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REVIEW SEASON 08/09: LOTINA’S OPINION

01 Jun 2009
Just one day after the end of the season, coach Lotina made a review during a conversation with a reporter from La Opini??n A Coru?a. Once again the Basque coach insisted that the key for a solid season was the good environment inside the team.

In a general sense, Lotina is pretty content with the seventh place achieved by Deportivo on the liga season, mainly because only a few people were expecting to see the Galician squad ending the campaign so close to Europe, ?I believe that yes, we have ended above several rivals that seemed to be superior. At least it was what we thought in September. Maybe now we are thinking in a different way.? Depor’s coach told to journalist Eugenio Cobas from newspaper La Opini??n A Coru?a.

For the Basque coach, the secret for this solid performance was the quality of the players at the squad, ?When you have a good squad, it’s pretty easy to enjoy of good numbers. As example, Guardiola had a lot to do with the treble of Barcelona, but without Messi, Iniesta or Xavi it would have been impossible.?

Regardless to this idea, Lotina appoints that the good environment inside the locker room is the key that explains the success of the team, ?Our greatest advantage has been, fundamentally, the changing room. You just need to look to how the players were working during a normal week, and how good is the relationship between them. You always notice these things during the games.?

Lotina even appointed this has been the best group in which he has worked in his long career as a coach, ?This has been the most pleasant squad in which I had been, and the one that has offered the best yield. It’s the team that has given me more satisfactions. Sincerely, I didn’t want to end la liga. Other years you arrive to the final matchday a little bit stressed, but now I was feeling like been in the pre-season. In that sense, it’s the best team I have had.?

Finally, the Me?aka-born manager defended once again his decision of using Valer??n more as a replacement during the liga season, ?When he has played since the beginning, except from some concrete game, he hasn’t been so important, but when he has came out from the bench, the team has always thanked his work. Surely he has played less that he thought at the beginning.?

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