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Q&A WITH PEDRO MOSQUERA

06 Dec 2018
Pedro Mosquera conceded an interview to newspaper La Voz de Galicia, the midfielder talked of his return to the starting eleven within the last two games, the situation of the club on this season and his lie in A CoruŮa.

Q: The scenarios didnít seem the best ones to return to the starting eleven.
A: Both have been two irregular fields. Riazor was very muddy and there was a lot of mud at Cerro Del Espino, but I adapt well to those situations.

Q: And to your new role?
A: I'm trying to adapt to that position the coach wants me in front of the defense. He wants the midfielder to be very close to the centre when we donít have the ball, this in order to have superiority if the opponent plays with two forwards. I have to be aware of the secondary plays, of the aid to the wings, of embedding myself between the centre-back if thereís a lateral cross.

Q:  Do you feel close to your best level? That phase with Victor SŠnchez.
A: It's a different situation. Then it was a 4-4-2, in which I was given more freedom. Here itís a game in which I donít have to look for the ball so much, but to hold on to the position and adapt to the movements of the whole team. In any case, in the last two games, I have found myself very comfortable despite not having the pace of play.

Q: Is the system of Natxo very rigid with the player?
A: No. The system is always the same. The one that everybody knows. But being a more positional player, everyone has their alternatives. The footballer can make his own decisions: opt for the exit of three, advance the position a little, the side defenders sometimes go down to receive or you go back and the other goes ahead... The coach gives us freedom in that sense.

Q: And he makes a lot of changes at the starting eleven.
A: That speaks well of the group. If a coach always puts the same itís because they lack alternatives. The good thing about this squad is that we have practically two teams. The major part of the Segunda teams have a good group of starters and then some good substitutes that stands out. Here thereís enough to make two high level teams. Itís good to know that if you really work hard you will enter. That keeps you plugged in.

Q: And it helps to keep the peace at the changing room, I suppose. Do you think like BergantiŮos that this is the best group that you have found?
A: Without a doubt, since I'm here, it's the best. People have come with an incredible attitude, the club has emphasized that, and itís something that it helps.

Q: How much has Depor changed this year? What do you think of these changes at all levels?
A: Things are doing very well. The changes have been very good for the player. To have the routine here, always having breakfast, eat healthy as soon as you finish training... That seems silly, but for the player it isnít is the same as getting home and waiting for lunch at three o'clock.

Q: How much did those changes and the building of the team influenced for your renewal? Why do you remain at Depor?
A: Nothing. I didnít think twice. I told the club that we would go hand in hand and nothing else.

Q: But didnít you pay attention to the changes at the club when making the final decision?
A: No no. I listened to Carmelo in interviews and press conferences. I listened to what was going to change and it seemed to me that everything was making sense. But nothing more.

Q: How is Carmelo inside doors?
A: Carmelo is a hard worker, but the most important thing is that he has a special gift to find the middle point at the moment of making signs. The midpoint of being a good player and also contribute within the changing room. He measures those things very well.

Q: And Natxo? How about the coach?
A: Heís a coach with a sense of humor, but who knows how to keep the distances. A very normal person.

Q: He works the set-pieces in a peculiar way. How much do you suffer defending like this?
A: We've improved a lot. In previous years we allowed a lot of goals and now we are marking a lot and receiving very little. It may seem that they create us more danger, but the reality is different; accumulating people in the area is more complicated than to see things happening and those things need to be very precise. The other day they executed the strategy very well but neither scored.

:Q They trust Natxo a lot.
A: Yes. A lot. In everything. The coach studies the rival very well and in the end we jump to the field with a clear plan. We know where we can hurt them and where they can harm us. "Being a footballer hasnít changed my life.

Q: Being from CoruŮa pulls you to experience the situation of Depor in another way, but I suppose that it will also have a negative side.
A: To the people of A CoruŮa we find it difficult to abstract us from football. The conversations of the environment are always related to Deportivo. Everything positive you live it with more joy and the negative hurts you more. In the end you learn to abstract when it goes wrong, your family stops talking about the topic... Everything is learned.

Q: That sounds good, but you can train hard that later, if you miss a pass on the field, that weighs more than all the weekly work.
A: Well, you try again. I am 30 and spent many years playing football. There have been many bad moments, but you get into your head that if you train well, things will turn out well.

Q: How much good things have occurred after the relegation to Segunda?
A: In life when bad things happen, and they have happened to me on a personal and professional level, soon afterwards comes a good one. Everything that happens this year is positive. At the level of club, team, fans, who are again hooked ... Things are doing very well.

Q: Being captain, for example, has stopped being a bad thing? I say it because now there arenít constant problems to solve.
A: I have always been excited to be the captain. We will have had good and bad moments, but for those of us here being captain has always been exciting.

Q: What have you missed for being a footballer?
A: You lose some things, but I miss few things. I've never been a guy that goes out a lot and the life I do with my wife is quiet. To be at home, to dine out someday, to go to MorŠs and visit my grandmother, to have lunch at my father's house... To be a player has not changed my life.

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