Interviews

Q&A WITH VÍCTOR SÁNCHEZ

18 Nov 2015
Coach Víctor Sánchez conceded an interview to newspaper La Opinión A Coruña ahead of the derby with RC Celta. He talked of the preparation of the game and how the team must avoid relaxation and dismissal after the positive start.

Q: Do you notice a lot of changes ahead of a derby from the bench?
A: Of course it is viewed from another perspective, because it has nothing to do the facet of the coach with the one of the player. The roles are totally different, but the game is the same and the desire to play is the same. The maximum attention in the preparation is on, and also the maximum motivation because it is a game of maximum rivalry. It is in everyone, from the player and from the coach to prepare it and for trying to achieve a victory, which is the result that we always look with the added motivation of the derbies.

Q: In your case it will be easy to transmit all of that...
A: It's that these games are the easiest to convey to the players the activation message, motivational, the maximum attention and concentration you need to have. These are those games that everyone wants to play, so there’s enough motivation; actually, perhaps from the coaches our role is to regulate a little that excess of motivation, the excitement that can exist and can take you to precipitation in some situations. It is up to us to manage that momentum caused by the fact that all the fans are remembering us every day until the day of the game that you have to win. These emotions also need to be controlled, so you won’t be out of focus at the moment of preparing the match, which in the end is what will take you to victory.

Q: Is it more difficult to control this than strictly the football subject?
A: Here everything comes to play. I don’t know what's harder or easier. In the end everything is important. To classify what is most important or what is most decisive when so much influence on the performance of team. All are necessary and we have to pay attention to all.

Q: Is it a typical week?
A: Not a typical week, because there was no competition on the weekend, but we seek a friendly that allowed us to maintain our pace. It has the distinguishing feature, but we are giving the same treatment like another week at the moment of entering the match.

Q: Do you wish it could be otherwise?
A: It doesn’t bother me, the calendar is like this. Also, I think that these blocks of matches are good. It seems necessary to have these breaks so you can rest for those teams that have European competition and face the heavy burden. We noticed it less and took the opportunity to continue working.

Q: What have you told the players about Celta?
A: For what we have seen all season, it is a team with many records, many possibilities. It is a team that has a very important physical ability, allowing them to have a game and a very intense pressure, generating one-on-one situations in which they are powerful, both in defense and attack, and also has a capacity of important imbalance with their offensive players. They have people moving between the lines, very good in one-on-one plays, a team that knows how to maximize the spaces ... It's a team that’s playing and yielding, matching a high level and therefore it is where it is at the standings. All this is no coincidence, it’s the result of having a very balanced and very competitive team.

Q: Do you like the game of Berizzo?
A: If we enter the world of tastes and preferences, each will have their opinion.

Q: And what is yours?
A: Tastes paint colors, each will have their preferences. We like our team and try to work to constantly grow. We respect the rivals, but we don’t stop to talk about whether we like or dislike. We prefer to spend as much time working on our stuff, but we respect them the most and as I said it before, it is a team that’s doing very, very well.

Q: Will it be a derby that will confront the versatility of your team with the highest expertise of Celta?
A: All teams are different and all coaching staffs manage their squads under the prisms they consider appropriate. It is very difficult to find two equal teams. Everything is respectable and everything can be valid. In post analysis, depending on the result, you determine what is valid. We do not believe in it, we believe in the continuing work that will allow you to grow. This rigorous work gives you much more possibilities to have positive results, but you cannot always get them.

Q; But in terms of results you are coming after fifth consecutive draws, are you one of the coaches who believe the draws don’t have much value?
A: I don’t think there's any coach that prefers to lose a game than to draw it. How do you play a match to draw it? I cannot find anyone to explain it to me, it's impossible. All coaches plan the games to try to win it, one way or another: going out for the opponent, waiting for a little more.

Q: Do you think that it penalizes too much?
A: The tie penalized with respect to victory, but it is an advantage over the defeat. To add three points is the path that allows you to grow, the one we seek, but we also understand that’s better a draw than a defeat.

Q: Fede Cartabia commented that now the rivals pay more attention, have you lost the element of surprise?
A: It can be. The surprise factor is one of the things that we try to play, so we look for those nuances that make us differ in some approaches of the games depending on the opponent, because we also are a versatile squad, something that allows us to use different systems and manage the games in different ways. The fact that the opponent will study us well to reduce your virtues is also possible. For us, these results in which we avoided the victory, although the defeat too, do not obey to a simple reading. In the matches a lot is going on and your team is having the capacity to compete in all. I am saying that the small details make the difference.

Q: Will the little details mark the difference in the derby? Do you see two equal teams?
A: In every game there is maximum equality. We saw it in our last away games against Malaga and Levante. We were facing teams with a negative dynamic, but we knew that at any moment they could react.

Q: Would it be a great boost to a win on Saturday against Celta?
A: Our work ahead of our goal will continue the same, we still have a lot of points to get to the permanence. We have three points at stake, but this game is not one more game, because it has a far more importance than any other match, and so we understand it. We want to give to our fans a great joy and overcome the archrival and we are going out for that. But facing the target we won’t have any kind of impact according to the result we could have, no matter is positive or negative. The work will remain the same: growth and improvement.

Q: What is your best memory of the derby?
A: No doubt, the famous hat-trick of 0-5 at Balaidos. Scoring goals has not been my specialty in football. I scored a few, but wasn’t the specialist scoring goals, I was more of giving assists, so to be lucky enough to score a hat-trick in such an important game for your fans as it is a derby it is something that marks you for all life and fills you with pride. In addition, you see that it stays there in history, because all the fans will remember it throughout the year and especially in the week of the derby.

Q: Where is the difference between the Deportivo of the first weeks and the latter?
A: We want to see the team going out for the game, the difference between going and waiting is very big in the world of football. We want to be a team that wants, in the moments when we are waiting it is when the opponent takes over the command of the game and is able to do more harm against you. In matches where we've gone out for everything we've had a much better chance of getting positive results. It is a matter of mentality, it has nothing to do with being locked at the back, it has to do with wanting to go out for the game, in every dispute, in the positioning you prepare either a withdrawal or more advanced, it is a matter of going out searching for things, not watching to see if the opponent fails and I take the advantage. The error of the rival is provoked going, no waiting.

Q: Have you lost that ambition?
A: Not that it was lost, it is that is always the case. In matches where we were better we have scratched the highest grade. In other matches, where maybe you have such a good start and the path begins to be positive, and everything is praise and positivity, then the worst enemy is comfort. We are fighting comfort, but when there is a positive trend then it takes command of us. And we've found that in recent games, in phases of the game, we were waiting more than we wanted to do, of what we proposed, expectant or getting carried away by the good momentum we brought in earlier stages.

Q: That does not seem advisable before an aggressive team like Celta...
A: But it happens to all teams, certainly also to Celta. There are moments in games where you low the intensity and the opponent takes control and overcome you. They come from a game in which the suffered a major adverse outcome. No one escapes that.

Q: Have the changes fit worse to the team in these recent games?
A: People always talk about what it is not done. If you change, then why you change; if you do not change, then why you don’t change. We prepare every game based on the information we have about the players. When the lineups are repeated it is because the situation is very clear, when changes takes place it is because we believe it’s necessary. We have repeated lineups and alternated in some places, and we had everything: positive and less positive results. There is no correlation.

Q: As jealous as you are with the information that can be provided to the rival, will you announce rotations at the team in a game of this nature as you did it before playing against Betis?
A: We would do it, but we are still in full preparation. When the preview arrives then we will see it.

Q: Were you surprised by the performance of Lucas Perez?
A: In that moment that we were looking for a centre forward, and didn’t consider Lucas as a striker, we were already talking about it. That's because we trusted his abilities and because we knew him. So we aren’t surprised because it is also our duty to know the players.

Q: Do you consider him as the centre forward of the team?
A: We have three strikers on the roster. There are also players who can play in that position and that aren’t our centre forwards, who are Lucas, Oriol and Jonathan Rodriguez. Besides we have players who can adapt to that position, as Luis Alberto.

Q: Are you concerned about the effect that his positive moment is having in Oriol Riera and Jonathan Rodriguez?
A: If we seek personal interests above those of the group, it will be bad. Here what matters are the collective and the group performance. Personal situations are to the service of the group, the fact that he’s doing well it means we all are fine.

Q: Do you think Lucas is showing the level to be picked by the national team?
A: I won’t participate in those discussions. Such discussions may lead us to dismissal and, besides, it doesn’t involve us.

Q: How do you combine the fact of not deviate from the goal of permanence with the share of natural ambition of every team?
A: That has been generated based on the good performance in the first days. We do not want to be carried away by these currents, because they take you to relaxation or dismissal. We fought that, it's a mistake. Our goal is very clear, it’s marked from pre-season. In fact during the pre-season nobody was talking about other purpose other than the permanence.

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