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17 May 2015
Depor’s coach is aware of the pressure over his players, but prefers to focus on the positive facts ahead of the game. The coach of Levante is worried as he sees that everybody thinks that only Deportivo are playing for something.

Luis Lucas Alcaraz is an experienced coach with a large career in Spain, mainly coaching Andalusian clubs. After ten years as a football coach he called the attention after clinching the promotion to Primera with Recreativo de Huelva (season 2001/20002).

Since 2008 the Granada-born man hasn’t lasted more than one campaign in the five clubs that he has coached, including a second stage at Recreativo and a briefly career with Greek club Aris FC. At the end of October in 2014 he was hired as the coach of Levante UD after José Luis Mendilibar was fired on matchday 08. With him on board the team has reacted and is about to clinch the permanence.  This is his first meeting with Víctor Sánchez Del Amo, who is still searching for his first victory as a head coach.

Depor’s coach addressed the media on Saturday’s noon. He talked for ten minutes and started denying that Depor are feeling an extra pressure in the current circumstances, “We have been living these situations during our careers and for us this is something habitual. We worked at the top during the whole week; we are only waiting for the ninety minutes and clinch the result that we want.”

For Víctor there’s pressure, but also the chance to reach a goal, “The changing room sees the game as an opportunity to get a win; it’s more an opportunity than a menace. The victory will allow us to make an interesting step to reach the goal, and we are focused in the positive meaning and not the negative. We feel encouraged about it.”

He also didn’t give importance to the streak of fourteen matchdays without a victory, “The stats are there in order to be studied and obtain interesting conclusions, but neither is something to be mad. The stats don’t bring you any advantage over the rival, you still have to fight in the same conditions regardless the statistics.”

Once again the coach didn’t want to give information about the possible lineup, this after been asked if he’s going to repeat the starting eleven, “You already know that any information about the team won’t be public. We will give the lineup to the players after the last conversation with them and before going to the stadium. Since that moment it will be public.”

The Madrilenian man insisted during the trainings in the way to break the defensive line of five men prepared by Levante; about the issue he commented that, “We have prepared the game thinking that the rival has managed two system throughout the season, we understand that the most probable thing is to see them repeating the one used in recent weeks, but there are alternatives and there could be changes. You need to be prepared and we have worked the game according to all the circumstances.”

Víctor is aware that the support from the public is a key for the game, “It’s very important. Within the last weeks we have seen that the environment is fantastic, because the team is showing his spirit. It’s important to combine both factors, and it’s more probable to achieve the victory at the Riazor. We know that the fans will be supporting us and the fans will surely attend early in order to cheer up the team since the warming up.”

The coach believes that’s useless to see the team pending of the other results, “We must be focused in our game, about the results of the rivals… we cannot influence them. So, to know before or after the result is useless. We must focus our energy in winning.”

Finally, Víctor valorised the fact that Depor have always starting losing the games under his command, “Of course it is important, the interesting thing for us is to take the lead. The positive reading is that the team isn’t surrendering. It’s very important in a moral sense. This team has been able to get points in difficult games, but that isn’t enough. We want to improve. Let’s see if we can take the lead and end the game with a positive result.”

Levante’s coach addressed the media on Friday’s noon. He was concern as the players and the media are believing that only Deportivo have something at stake for Sundays game, “We, like Deportivo, are fighting for the permanence; truly we have more points than them, but both are in the same fight and are looking for the same goal.”

“We cannot minimize the importance of the game as it may seem in the environment, because it is counterproductive in terms of intensity and attention. The rival and the referee must also know that we are also fighting to avoid relegation.” He added.

The Andalusian coach continued complaining of the cold environment that he perceives before the game, “I hate to arrive to a match thinking that it seems that only one side plays for something, here there are two teams that play, because it influences the whole, in the referees' decisions as example, in many ways, and we will have everything against us, including the environment. It looks like you don’t play for anything when you really are, because there are only two matchdays left and no time to rectify, there is no margin. It seems that we will not play the game.”

He even criticized the lack of balance in the Spanish La Liga, this after been asked for the low number of points of the teams at the bottom, “We are in a model of league in which there are three teams that make an awful number of points. The points are what they are because the participants don’t change, so if we take a league in which everything is distributed unevenly there there’s a possibility of achieving the permanence with lesser points. If the permanence is achieved then you get something that started with five or seven less points and with nine matchdays less.”

Finally, Alcaraz didn’t want to talk of his possible continuity for next season, "I care about it, of course, but we have to be focused on achieving the objective and we cannot waste energy on anything else. We have to be more focused than ever before, because it is now when we have to achieve things.”



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