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GILSANZ TALKS OF LARACHA CF

17 Nov 2018
The coach of Laracha CF talks of his experience directing a team thatís considered to be Deportivo C. He explained the work done with the lads and the good moment of the team at Tercera.

Since last season, Deportivo have an agreement with Laracha CF, a Tercera club that receives players coming from Juvenil A in order to have minutes at Tercera Divisiůn (currently they have 13). Itís a good step for young people eager to reach Fabril and Segunda B. The season has started well with the team currently seventh at the standings, eight points behind leaders BergantiŮos CF. Coach ”scar Gilsanz conceded an interview to newspaper La Opiniůn A CoruŮa and talked about the experience and the influence of Depor in his work.

Q: What is it like to start training in the chain of academy teams?
A: The experience is being very good. A different context. Itís, above all, very stimulating and enriching to work with a young group hungry and wanting to take steps in this football.

Q: Will you notice the differences?
A: Itís clear. It isnít a first team, it works in a chain. We have to unite synergies and forces.

Q: Are you marked from above by any particular game style?
A: Not so much in that regard, as itís given by the players we have from Abegondo, who are players with a superior individual technical quality. Iís a great group.

Q: Does it help them to compete and share a place with veterans?
A: They are fundamental so that the boys feel sheltered and for the team to work out. It is the best way to get a good performance from them.

Q: Have you been surprised by the start?
A: I'm not looking at the long term. I usually attend to the performance in my daily work and, in that sense, from the beginning it has been very good. Now it is fashionable to say that you think match by match since Simeone said it, but 95% of the teams work like that. Everything related to look at the future is an error.

Q: How do you convince a footballer that sees the first team near that they still have to wait?
A: Itís an important part of this project in which Depor have so much hope. We have to make the children see that you have to burn stages, little by little, and that itís good that you donít skip steps, that you will find your performance in those short steps.

Q: But it isnít easy, for example, to a young man like Ricardo, who comes from a European U-19 final, to tell him that now he must compete in Tercera. Do you see it like that?
A: Maybe itís that we donít know what Tercera is. A few weeks ago, we saw Madrid play in Melilla and always talk about the professions of the players. It gives an unreal image of what Segunda B is and is the same with Tercera. These are complicated leagues, where there are professional players, who live off this and who have a dedication and quality beyond any doubt. Itís always a step forward that the kids can compete in them.

Q: How do you agree with Fabrilís coach?
A: Ricardo, Kanoute, Boedo, OrtuŮo and Adri Castro are the five players who alternate. We are a link and we try to make the gears work. Fabril and Laracha are in contact through the sporting management and the coaches.

Q: Does it push young people to be their second year in Tercera?
A: Yes, and the second year is always where the best performance comes from the players.

Q: The other day a great goal by Iago Novo against PolvorŪn went viral. Do you see him in a good moment?
A: Yes, but I donít like to personalize. There is quality, not only in Iago, to make these attractive plays. But the value is the collective work. Those actions will appear, because they are players with a great talent, but we want them to continue working, beyond these details, so that they become more common and that they are able to take steps at a competitive level.

Q: Is there raw material in your team to supply Depor?
A: Yes, but it's a long-term process. Always. Sometimes you look at the B squads when there is a need to find hope for the first team and I believe that these things arise, that you have to let them run, mature. Each player has a different growth pace, you have to be calm. Sometimes we want to see things, whether you have them or not.

Q: Laracha is in the high zone and last season they suffered to clinch the salvation. What changed?
A: These are different years, because of the composition of the staff and many details, although I wouldnít like to fall in the comparison. Young people are hungry and the contribution of veterans is key, because they are committed to the idea.

Q: When Tito Ramallo was fired, did you think that you could be the replacement at Fabril or was there some kind of conversation about it with the club?
A: Not at all. The coaches are at the expense of what the club decides, but it didnít cross my mind. They called us for this company and we are focused on it. The relationship with Tito was exceptional. I already had a friendship with him for many years. I just met Sergio [Pellicer] and the work dynamic is the same.

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