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VÍCTOR SÁNCHEZ VS JAVI GRACIA

26 Apr 2015
Depor’s coach believes that his team is improving and didn’t clarify the doubts about the possible formation; the coach of Malaga defines the game as an important step towards Europe.

Javier Gracia Carlos is a former player that’s trying to earn a name at the elite of Spanish football. He began his phase as a coach in 2006 after a career of 430 games between Primera and Segunda in clubs like Real Sociedad and Villarreal CF.

Among the clubs that he coached were Pontevedra CF and Cádiz CF, but it was at UD Almeria were he shone after clinching the promotion to Primera during the campaign 2012/13. He didn’t continue as his contract wasn’t renewed, but was hired by CA Osasuna. The Navarran man missed to clinch the permanence with the club from his hometown and landed this season at Malaga CF.

There were big doubts in Andalusia with him, but the true is that the media and the fans are content with him as the team will be fighting to enter Europe until the last matchday. This is his first meeting against Víctor Sánchez Del Amo.

VÍCTOR
Depor’s coach addressed the media after the training session at the Riazor. He was admitting that the team is progressing and was very happy as he was able to work with the full squad during the week, “Yes, I believe the team is improving and the players are demonstrating this with the daily work. It’s important to improve in order to be more competitive in every game.”

“For us the week has been very important, because we had the full week in order to work. That’s one of our priorities: to be able to accumulate work in order to improve. That’s the only way to improve: work, work and more work. So, we are content for how the week was.” He added.

The new boss was commenting the reason why Deportivo are making a single trip for the games against Malaga and Elche, “We need to ease the tiredness of the trips and also need more rest and time to prepare the next game against Elche. These are the last matchdays and every one of them is very important. We must focus the attention in the game against Malaga.”

“We cannot modify the calendar, now we face two straight games playing away from A Coruña. And both means long trips and have achieved something important: to reduce the trips on a plane in order to avoid the tiredness.” He added regarding the issue.

The Madrilenian was asked if the pressure for been in relegation could affect the team, and the answer was, “We cannot lose the track. We won’t be more competitive by looking at the standings. What we ask to the players, something that for me is fundamental, is to be focused and to give our best effort.”

One of the characteristics of the coach is that he doesn’t like to give clues about the possible formations. In this opportunity he didn’t want to clarify who will replace suspended Sidnei, “We have analysed up to four alternatives, because I believe we have a squad with players that can perform in different positions. There are a lot of chances.”

Finally, Víctor talked of Malaga CF, “They are in a position that brings confidence. They have aspirations of playing in Europe and it’s a team with speed and unbalance from midfield to attack. Besides they are highly organized in defence. We work in order to minimize the virtues of the rival and then seize the situations that we have noticed and that can bring the victory to us.”

JAVI GRACIA
Malaga’s coach addressed the media on Saturday’s noon. He was saying that this is an important game to define their European aspirations, “Our options to aspire to European places for next season are passing through winning our next game. Then there will be other fifteen points in dispute, but tomorrow's match is vital to continue having European aspirations. It's a game in a good hour to enjoy a good game and for our fans to enjoy and help us to get a win."

He was also talking of the pressure to keep the seventh place, "That pressure should be for the teams that really aim to play in Europe on next season, and then nobody is going to put more pressure than ourselves to get what we want. In this case the situation may be tightening, but we continue with the same enthusiasm. The hope is not only to keep that seventh place, something that, currently, only guarantees to play in a European competition to Athletic, but to fight for the sixth place.”

The Navarran coach was talking of Deportivo, “They have players who alternate positions up front; they have speed and have different alternatives. It’s a team that are in that position at the standings due to the circumstances of the season, but will be a tough opponent as it was in the first match and the Cup tie.”

“Postiga, with the absence of Toché, who scored in San Sebastian, will bring the same things. I don’t know if he will be a starter. They have speed with Lucas and Cavaleiro, plus players like José Rodríguez. This is a team with wealth taking in mind the characteristics of their players.” Javi Gracia added.

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