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THE GALICIAN DERBY: COACHES TALKING ABOUT THE GAME

26 Apr 2006
Joaqu?n Caparr??s and Fernando V??zquez are making a solid work so far. Deportivo and Celta are fighting for a place in the next European season and a new test has arrived to their hands: the Galician derby. Both coaches talked yesterday about the current situation of their squads and also about the rival's qualities.

CAPARROS: I AM MORE WORRIED ABOUT THE DEFENCE THAN BY MY STRIKING ZONE
Joaqu?n Caparr??s is used to the environment that surrounds a derby match, he lived several games between Betis and Sevilla.  For that reason he explained that he doesn't have a problem with the comments made by the people: "The provocation is the sauce of a derby. It seems a normal thing to me. I don't see it as a negative issue, as we approach to the game the comments will increase its intensity. I think that this situation is good, but only if they follow an sporting view."

The Sevillan coach also assured that this match is crucial for his team: "This is almost a definitive game for Deportivo. Celta has a margin of error, but we don't. This fact doesn't mean that one team is more motivated than the other one. We were obligated to defeat Sevilla and C??diz, but... We are conscious of the importance of this game and we can't commit any mistake. We have to be responsible and not to be afraid."

Caparr??s also confirmed what are his priorities for this game: "I am more worried about my defensive line than by my offensive sector." A clear reference to the injury problems in his defenders. Finally, the Utrera-born trainer expressed eulogies for Celta: "It isn't a casualty the good run of Celta on this season, we must see their performance, but always thinking in us first."

FERNANDO VAZQUEZ: MY TEAM IS YOUNGER AND HUNGRIER
The Galician coach expressed the rewards that his team will enjoy with a victory at the Riazor: "It's an important match. A win will secure us an UEFA spot and will give us options for the Champions League. The victory is the ultimate prize." He also assured that his team isn't searching a revenge after the last defeats against Deportivo in the derby's matches: "We have a negative statistic, but this team has broken a lot of numbers on this year. It's a challenge for us and it could give us more energy in order to compete, but it isn’t a revenge."

V??zquez also wanted to deny that Celta is the favourite to win the game: "I don't consider my team as favourite. In a derby the emotional issue is very important, also the communion with the fans. For that reason it will be an equal game. Deportivo is a great team that's making a solid season. They also have the advantage of been playing at home, and I don't think that we should be superior to them. In fact, I think that they are the favourite team in this game."

Celta's trainer also emphasised that the injuries in Deportivo aren't affecting the performance of the Blanquiazul squad: "Deportivo is a team with 20 international players. It's a very strong and important squad. I don't know why some people want to reduce the value of their achievements. Celta can't presume of having the same quantity of international players. My team is different: younger and maybe hungrier."


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