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REACTIONS TO THE DEFEAT AT THE RIAZOR

19 May 2008
The defeat against Villarreal didn't affect the morale of the players as everybody was happy for the pass to the Intertoto. Lotina even said this defeat will be useful in order to correct some things for next season. Another good news was announced by Filipe Luis: he will have the chance to fulfil his dream and play the Olympic Games in Beijing.

Coach Miguel ?ngel Lotina confessed this defeat will be very useful in order to 'scan' the problems for next season "For the future, maybe is was better to lose the game rather to win it. We've committed errors, in defence and also in attack, and we have to work in both aspects in order to correct the problems."

Despite the defeat, the Basque coach was content because his team clinched the goal of the Intertoto "We've fulfilled the objective thanks to the second round we made. We would liked to win the last game, or at least to achieve a draw, but we must recognise that Villarreal is a great team, with a lot of quality and very difficult to stop. We had plenty of chances in the second half, but we couldn't score."

Lotina was also asked about Omar Bravo and the incorporations for the next season, his respond was "We already have two signings for the next season, I'm talking about Valer??n and Guardado, and we are very happy with that. About the rest, we know what positions we need to reinforce and we must trust in the president, he's a very good negotiator and surely he will please us during the summer." Finally, Depor's coach confirmed the players will go on vacations after the copa Galicia final against Celta (Tuesday, 20h45) and that the squad will return to work on July 1st.

Christian Wilhelmsson left the pitch carried in shoulders by the fans, he wanted to thank the support and affirmed that he wants to continue at Deportivo "I am enchanted with the fans an I don't want to go back to Nantes. Probably, Nantes will wait until the EURO ends in order to sell me, but I want to return here."

Riki, striker that entered during the second half, preferred to emphasise the pass to the Intertoto rather the final result of the game "This is a very important achievement after a campaign that was very difficult for us. About the game, it was weird, we had enough chances to score but we lost by two goals."

Fabricio Coloccini was also excited with the pass to the Intertoto and for the record of playing all the possible minutes in la liga "It isn't easy for a central defender to reach this mark, this is a function in which a player receives more yellow cards, and the true is that I'm satisfied. Now we are going to play in Europe."

The Argentinean defender also said that he will love to stay at the club "This shouldn't be considered as my last game with Deportivo, off course I'm opened to sign an extension in my contract. I'm feeling very comfortable on here." Finally, Coloccini praised the work of Lotina " He trusted in me and he knew how to communicate this idea to me. With this, he pressured me in order to yield on the pitch, and luckily, it ended well."

Filipe Luis was very happy with the qualification for the Intertoto, but also because he was called to the Brazilian team that will play the Olympic Games at Beijing "It's an step forward, but we still waiting for another list, because only 15 U-23 players can go with the squad. So, I still have to fight in order to stay in the final team." Later he joked that he will make the whole ?Camino de Santiago’ running if Brazil achieves the gold medal.

About his continuity at Deportivo, the Brazilian left-back said he's sure about his presence for the next season "I think everything will be fulfilled soon and that I will stay at Depor for a long time. We've to start very well the next season, to start at the top and avoid the situation lived on the present campaign."

Meanwhile, Mexican Andr?s Guardado said that he was feeling fine and happy for playing some minutes after his latest injury. What called the attention were his declarations when he was asked about the skills of his compatriot Omar Bravo "You will see him on the pitch, it's the best way to known a player."

President Augusto C?sar Lendoiro was very happy, first for the qualification of Fabril to the promotion series and later for the pass of the first squad to the Intertoto. He dedicated some minutes to talk about Fabril "It was a matter of winning the match at any way. We succeeded with a lot of suffering, but it has been achieved at the end. We must congratulate the boys. The season has had many difficulties. Deportivo's first squad has pulled several players and even faced the last games with major injuries, such as Ivan Perez, Laure and Guille. Deportivo B-Fabril are in the fight. Significantly, is the only B squad of Primera and Segunda who is aspiring to the Segunda Divisi??n A.?

In Villarreal, coach Manuel Pellegrini was pleased with the great season made by his squad "We have closed a brilliant season, with more points that the ones added by Real Madrid on the past season, and they were champions one year ago. We closed the things with a victory achieved in a stadium that's always complicated. We made a very good match despite we had a tough week for the celebrations and we closed all with the second goal. The pace of the game wasn't too high, but we controlled the actions, we made a lot of damage to Deportivo through the counterattack."

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