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Q&A WITH ORIOL RIERA

29 Mar 2015
Oriol Riera conceded an interview to newspaper La Opiniůn A CoruŮa; the Catalan striker is satisfied with his work though he admits that he should have scored more goals. He says that his level is better than when he was at Osasuna on last season.

Q: Was it a penalty?
A: Very clear. With that goal we would have unbalanced the game. In my case the referees have never been prone to whistle penalties, perhaps because they think I donít throw myself well, I donít know.

Q: You could have added three points, but also could have ended without anything
A: It was a strange game. Most of the time it was ours and we could have lost at the end. These are games that cost a lot, as the ones we will face now. You should go with the same intention that the other day: trying to win from minute one.

Q: However, the first part was poor. Was the impact of the cold atmosphere at the stadium?
A: Yes, itís true that it was one of the coldest games we have lived. I encourage everyone to support the team until the end, because what we have here is very important. At the end the quality or good work isnít everything.

Q: Is the break appropriate?
A: Itís fine to relax, to be with your family or friends, and to recharge the batteries, because now it comes a tough stretch. Later you can win or lose but the intention is to be ambitious and to be constantly looking for the win.

Q: Tochť was embracing this week to only care about the results. Every time it care less how just to get games on.
A: What Tochť meant was to be a little more competitive, to keep playing well but winning in more individual duels, winning situations closer to the area and to be more practical in those final meters. Especially to follow the line of trying to play well. At the end when you become too practical it can go astray, because there are games at home that we have to win and in order to win them we have to play well.

Q: Is the problem only the results or also the level of the game?
A: There have been different games. In general we tried to follow the same trend in the matches. We have been playing in difficult fields and the team has shown a good level but now, in the final stretch, we must get the points, to be a little more competitive; we must give that little jump that the team is missing in order to be a little more competitive. I donít think we are only caring about the results, but we must do things better to get those points.

Q: What do you mean by being more competitive?
A: I think being competitive means ambition, search, to be strong, focused, and that's very important for a team.

 Q: Are you missing those things?
A: No. I just think we are missing a little more. With one more little push, playing well as we are doing and following the bases we have, we can take that leap of quality. The team tries at all times. Itís highly concentrated and you can see it in the games. Itís doing well, but there comes a key moment in which we must continue to do well and not give up. It must be sought, without fear of losing and not afraid of anything.

Q: You are saying that the team plays well, but you barely collects the ball inside the box.
A: Yes, a few times. Tochť is also concerned about that, itís a matter of trying to be a little more practical in the final meters and find that cross. The other day there were very few crosses. We are strong in the shot and coming from the second line and the goals that we scored came like this.

Q: Do you feel unassisted?
A: No. In all the teams I have been we always struggled to create chances, in Pamplona, in Alcorcon, everywhere and always struggled by the lack of opportunities. Many times you create your own chances and thatís what we try, to create opportunities. Then they can enter or not, but I will always search for them.

Q: What is your assessment of your personal performance so far?
A: Good. Surely what was asked from me it is occurring. Maybe I lack more goals, but the work, performance and game offered by the team is right and the one that Deportivo need. I am very self-critical and yes I could give more. I hope to continue like this until end of and improve.

Q: The other day you played sick. No one can blame you of not having commitment
A: Individually and also collectively it is a team committed to the 100%. There's no doubt and you will see it in the next games. Never lose intensity. It seeks and doesnít give up.

Q: Do you understand that the striker is judged primarily by their goals?
A: The striker has always played two games in one, the one of the goal and the one trying to play well, but is something that you live. If I would feel affected, or if I would feel they are looking at me differently, I would have dropped the arms or had tried to get into certain situations. In the end what I have always done is to find the goal, because I've always been rewarded. We will continue looking for the goal to finish with a good figure and get points for the team.

Q: Should you have scored more goals?
A: Yes, of course yes. I should have better numbers and that's what we'll search in the next games, to keep trying. Faith is not lost. Many times it isnít easy. We are at Primera, defenders are very good, and often for what you get it isnít easy. You should try to score the few chances that you could have.

Q: A matter of efficiency?
A: Every week I stay after the session doing individual work to keep growing. The tonic I always try to improve, and that's what I've done in recent years. My football now at Deportivo is better than last year at Osasuna. I'm playing at a higher level. Simply I must continue and not giving up, because itís a crucial stretch in which my goals will be important.

Q: Are you feeling relieved to hear many messages of support from colleagues and coaches?
A: I'm very grateful to the coach, the coaching staff and team mates for the support. They know me and know that I never surrender. But I also feel the recognition of many people. There were games in which things didnít work out and they have encouraged me a lot, because in the end not only the striker lives of the goal, he also lives of the sacrifice in the game, the good work, and that's what you try. You will score goals, whatever number you want, but if your performance, your commitment and your sacrifice is not what it is, ultimately not worth much.

Q: Did you feel mistreated by a section of the fans or the media?
A: No.  I donít feel like that. We are public figures on which everyone can think what you like with respect. Long ago I learned that. When you're younger you can feel affect. Now, at 28, after so many seasons, it affects you less. Eventually you come to the conclusion that the work and sacrifice carry a reward. The two goals against Sevilla, though did little to add, tell you that. They came and there will be more.

Q: Did you remove a load with the brace against Sevilla?
A: I knew they will come. I didnít know when, how or in what form, but they would come because things have always been like this in my career. At the end hopefully they will keep coming and will serve to achieve things. What you cannot stop doing is to work, because that desire and will is transmitted to everyone.

Q: You were coming after scoring thirteen goals with Osasuna last year, do you think your signing sparked expectations too high?
A: It's not easy when you didnít have a pre-season, you arrive to a new club and with a way to play different than what you're used to, so you have to adapt with new team mates and new players passing the ball. Now I wish I could have been here a month earlier and start from zero in January to settle. What we are seeing now is different than a month ago or two months ago. Itís very different and we will continue to see different things in the coming weeks, because this is football and we are human.

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