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Q&A WITH VALERON

13 Apr 2011
Valerón gave an interesting interview to La Voz de Galicia; the Canarian talked of the present situation of Deportivo and assured that he was informed minutes before the kick-off against Malaga of his presence at the starting lineup.

Q: There were lesser arrivals than in the previous game
A: The game was totally different to the one against Mallorca, mainly because it was conditioned when we went down to ten men. We knew they would come out strong at the beginning and, like it or not, you always have to hold on a little more, to sacrifice yourself a little more on defense. Surely, as the minutes were passing, we were having our options, but as we ended with ten players the match was already determined.

Q: Anyway, neither the team had fluency in attack when the game was eleven men against eleven men.
A: In the first minutes, at times, we were controlling the ball possession, but without much danger, always playing it from midfield territory. They knew who could bring more danger and pressed us lot at midfield. But I insist that, if the situation would have been eleven against eleven, then as the minutes were passing they would have disordered the formation, which means to show the cracks that would have allowed us to create more damage.

Q: In your previous interventions you ended satisfied. How did you feel in your second game as starter on this liga season?
A: Fine. Content.

Q: What did Lotina ask? Did he give you freedom to move?
A: I stood in the playmaker role, playing towards the left. In defense had to try to cover that side, because as we were having three men at the centre sometimes Andrés [Guardado] didn’t have the time to reach the side. And in attack, freedom: Andrés sometimes was getting into the centre, in others it was me... It was a matter of finding solutions.

Q: Did you understand your substitution?
A: Yes, yes, yes, yes.... No problem at all. As the team was staying with ten it was more logical, even taking into account the situation we are living at the standings.

Q: It gave the impression that the team had lesser problems with ten than with eleven...
A: In the first half we lived more difficult moments, because they were attacking a lot by the sides, and we, having three men at the centre, didn’t have enough people to bring the needed aids. What this system has is that you need to risk a little more in order to attack, but also suffer a little more at the sides. In the second half, having four men at the centre, the team felt more comfortable at the moment of defending, but, of course, you don’t get too many attacks. But what was intended was accomplished: to achieve a clean sheet.

Q: After your big game against Mallorca, your team mates demanded in public for a greater role for Valerón. How do you take it?
A: You end up liking those things, especially coming from your peers. It makes you feel good and brings strength and hope to continue helping. But I'm one more player at the team.

Q: After much debate about your role, do you think the coach feels the pressure or at least feels uncomfortable?
A: For him it may be a little uncomfortable, but I can’t do much to fix it. I hope Lotina doesn’t feel pressured in any way with me and that he will know that he can count with me for whatever he wants, and I will always respect his decisions. I think we're at a moment on the season when the controversies are useless, we don’t need to go beyond on this. It is normal for people to say it, because there are circumstances, as the game on the other day [against Mallorca]. Sometimes it's a bit inevitable that there is such a debate, but it shouldn’t go further. As long as it doesn’t turn into a controversy, and it’s a matter of opinions...

Q: He even said last week that if you would be a little more twisted, then he'd be already in Meńaka.
A: [He laughs] It has never been my way and I've always tried to be one more player at the team, and always respectful with the coach.

Q: The coach pulled of the statistics to justify your presence on the bench. Depor has only won two of the fourteen league games in which you were a starter on the past two seasons. Does it seem like a fair criterion?
A: Neither I have much to say on this. I don’t have the numbers. Let everyone say what they think, when I go out to play I try to show that can help the team and earn the confidence of the coach, so I could have more minutes. He wants the best for the team at all times, and sometimes I will not be there.

Q: Lotina was saying that you work better as a revulsive rather than as a starter. Do you agree?
A: It's an opinion of the coach that I can’t valorize. You may think the same than your team mates, as you already discussed it at other times. What I've always tried is to do the right things.

Q: For the current situation, do you feel more important than ever before?
A: Maybe. After the game against Mallorca I won’t deny that you end up picking up more strength. You assume the responsibility, because you know it's a key moment for the club and it is important the contribution of people with more experience.

Q: When did you learn that you were going to be a starter against Malaga?
A: At the dressing room when he gave the lineup. Before we knew, more or less, how we were going to play, but there were some doubts about who would play in some positions.

Q: Were you surprised?
A: Yes. But I was prepared if I had to play. And if not, to intervene at any time.

Q: In the previous five games the team had conceded at least one goal. In Malaga you clinched the clean sheet.
A: That is very important for us right now, to give the impression of being a solid team, without leaving any crack; then the opponent feels uncomfortable. We have people in attack capable of doing some things, there is creativity, and certainly, if in the next few games we are a serious team, then we will have a chance to do some harm.

Q: Does a win against Racing mean half-salvation?
A: I think so. We would have many opportunities to stay at Primera. And if we don’t there is still time.

Q: Are you expecting to play?
A: I… whatever the coach says. At home it is important to propose an offensive game, wanting to win the match regardless of who plays or how do we play. The second part of the other day was a demonstration that when a team wants to go out for a game it has more chances of winning.

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