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REACTIONS TO THE DEFEAT IN LIGA

30 Apr 2012
Oltra was saying that the key for the defeat was the first goal allowed at the end of the first half, while for Almeria’s coach the key was the sacrifice of his players. Álex Bergantiños denied that the team was relaxed.

Coach José Luis Oltra was saying that the first goal was the key for the defeat, "We didn't have scoring opportunities, because there was no fluidity; but for me it was a close game defined by the first goal. The first goal changed our plans; we made changes searching for the equalizer, but the team didn't match its real level. I assume the blame."

“Yes, Aranzubia was the best man in the game. Aranzubia made a lot of saves, and for this reason you might think they could have scored more goals, but it was a balanced and equal game. This match was defined by the first goal. When they are leading in the score you want to react and win, to go out for the game and then you assume risks, which meant to offer more gaps that the rivals can seize.” He added.

The Valencian coach continued blaming himself for the outcome, “We had the ball possession and wanted to harm the rival having a lot of offensive people on the pitch, but they were aware that they were able to score again through a counterattack, and it was for my ideas and the changes. “

Finally, Oltra was wishing good luck to his former club ahead of the playoff to Primera, “I don’t know if I speak with the heart or the head, but would love to see Almeria qualifying to the playoffs. They have everything to do it and achieve the goal.”

Álex Bergantiños talked to reporters after Sunday’s training; the midfielder joined Oltra as he thinks that the first goal was decisive, “It’s a complicate league; Almeria is a tough rival and we knew it was going to be difficult. We allowed a goal in the first half and later things were complicated. The team missed depth and we allowed the counterattacks from Almeria. The team missed to create scoring opportunities as Almeria was locked at the back zone, but I´m convinced that the game would have been different with the 0-0 at half-time”

The Galician player also refused that Deportivo missed intensity due to the overconfidence caused by the relaxed position at the standings, “I don’t think there was relaxation, we are aware that things aren’t done yet. Someday we were going to fail and it happened yesterday. We didn’t match the expectation, but it wasn’t because we were overconfident for having a good gap with the other rivals. Now we must think of Valladolid, a victory in that game would be a decisive blow on this league.”

At Almeria, coach Esteban Vigo was feeling proud of his team, “It was an important days and we did what we had to do. I congratulated my players for their sacrifice. I must feel proud for been the coach of this team. We can practice attractive football through our sacrifice. When we have the ball possession then we must seize our people up front.”

“They key was the sacrifice, the percentage of the ball possession was high and at halftime I told my players that the matches are won with hard work. In this way we can clinch the goal. I am pretty satisfied for the sacrifice done by the players in order to win.” He added.


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