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Q&A WITH MANU SŃNCHEZ

17 Sep 2020
The coach of Depor Ladies, Manu SŠnchez, conceded an interview to La Voz de Galicia. He talked of the expectations for the new season and the composition of a team that will compete for the second time at the elite.

Q: Why had some teams already played friendly matches and Deportivo still hadn't?
A: First, because there are autonomous communities in which it was allowed and in Galicia not yet. We already had the chance to play, but in each one of them we backed down because the teams were not willing to test their entire squad and Depor didnít accept it.

Q: Whatís training like in times of pandemic?
A: The first weeks were very analytical. We try to comply as much as possible with the internal protocol of the club, something that we have to thank the medical services, because there are still no established rules for everyone.

Q: And still there were two positive cases of COVID-19.
A: With the indications that the doctors have given us, in Abegondo we have it under control, but each one has their life outside and no one is exempt from contagion. It is something that almost all clubs have suffered.

Q: Are contact training already allowed?
A: To this day we donít know, because we arenít in a professional league, but in theory it isnít a non-professional league either because the Federation says itís a professionalized competition. We are in limbo and as soon as we could, we started with collective and contact training.

Q: Is it time to create a professional women's league?
A: I think itís time. From the outside it may seem like a more popular request than a realistic one, but if we stick to the arguments that are asked, in our competition they are all fulfilled. In terms of television value and monitoring, for example, Primera Iberdrola is the third in audience data behind La Liga and ACB (Basketball).

Q: Who is to blame for the delay in the start of the season 2020/21?
A: I donít know if someone is guilty or not, but the Spanish Federation (RFEF) is responsible for organizing the dates and the development of the competition. Now, it is true that, at the moment, itís an issue that was in the hands of the Superior Council for Sports (CSD) due to the need for a protocol. From the outside it seems that nobody makes decisions, balls were thrown out.

Q: More than six months have passed since the last Primera Iberdrola game.
A: The institutions that must manage what we are experiencing deserve all the respect. You have to rely on data and indicators to safeguard the health of the population and itís a very complicated task, but they have had a lot of time to start considering options. They were very quick to decide how the previous competition ended and I don't know why the start of the next one has been so paralyzed.

Q: Rayo Vallecano demand a common protocol before starting the pre-season, can it paralyze the start of the campaign?
A: Each club is free to establish the operation it deems appropriate. The RFEF, as organizer of the competition, has to establish a starting point and we wouldnít have to be subject to what Rayo say to start or not.

Q: How does the relegation of the men's team to Segunda Division B affect you?
A: The demotion has some economic repercussions for us and for all the club's teams, but it isnít something very striking, because one of the keys to this project has always been heartfelt love. It has been growing at the same time that the team did, without bragging, follies or unusual expenses.

Q: How have you lived the events from the suspension of the match against Fuenlabrada to the confirmation of relegation?
A: I was already saturated with so much information. Not that every day a new story came out, but that three or four were out. All of us who felt this badge and these colors already had enough to see how they mistreated the club from a distance. Today it is still not resolved and, although we practically assume that we are going to play in Segunda B, it has been a long and hard process, very hard.

Q: Born in A CoruŮa, Deportivista and club worker, it is clear that it is an issue that has affected you personally.
A: The relegation hurts me, like everyone else, because I carry Deportivo in my heart. And even more because when living it from the inside, I have seen that there is a lot of effort and a lot of work from the people who are behind it and that it has been ruined. The positive part of all this is that this black spot in the club's history is turning into a bright spot, because of people's response. It has been a long time since the city has seen such a great communion between the club, the fans, the media...

Q: Filling Riazor is not going to be possible. And neither at Abegondo...
A: True. And we are going to be one of the most harmed by the measures to fulfill the distancing between people. We were one of the teams with the highest average home fans and Abegondo's atmosphere was recognized even by the rivalís coaches. We will miss it very much.

Q: You speak of a new cycle and reset in the project, are you worried about the expectations that the historic debut season at Primera Iberdrola may generate?
A: What was achieved last season was incredible. Nobody had done it and we can hardly repeat it. It is our second season in Primera Division and we have changed the half of the squad. It is the end of the cycle and all that is going to affect us.

Q: Where do you think Depor Ladies 20/21 site will be?
A: It is very difficult to know and especially when we have not been able to play a single friendly. Assessing the level that the squad can give is complicated. We are happy with the additions. People have come with great ambition and a very high degree of involvement. There are many pieces to adjust, a lot of tactical work to do that we havenít yet been able to carry out. Venturing is complicated, but our goal is clear: to clinch the permanence, without putting ourselves limits and always looking up.

Q: There have been nine exits, some very important, which one has hurt you the most?
A: Any of the players who have left was important to us, but I think that Teresa's name [Tere Abeleira] and Depor Ladies went hand in hand and I would have liked her career here to have been longer.

Q: And which one did you least expect?
A: None of them surprised me, we knew this could happen. We were aware that, entering professional football fully, the romantic aspect has a less and less leading role.

Q: How does the changing room carry the output of such important pieces?
A: Players who were references and had been with us from the beginning or, in the case of Pecas [MarŪa Mťndez], who left a very important mark on and off the field in just one season have left. We are in a process of creating that ecosystem thatís the changing room. The pieces are adjusting themselves and the charisma and leadership of each footballer emerges by itself.

Q: Which of the new additions has surprised you the most since their arrival?
A: The feeling we have is that we are seeing everything we knew about the players. We havenít been wrong with any signings. And now we are getting to know them more personally. They need a period of time and adaptation. We're on that.

Q: Five footballers from the academy usually work with the first team.
A: Yes. And itís something I would like to highlight. We are pleasantly surprised with the attitude, above all, of the five affiliate players who are training with the first team (Jessi, MarŪa Figueroa, Eva Dios, Tati Barcia & Nuria Torres). It is the first time that, at last, a B footballer has the opportunity to enter professional football. And that's the mindset.

Q: Do you expect the incorporation of another player?
A: We are in negotiations with a player with a versatile profile for midfield, but it has become a bit complicated for us due to the situation at the international level. The procedures are complex and, if she cannot come now, we will try to make it a little later.

Q: Clearly a piece is missing at midfield.
A: Beyond the system we use, in our game model everything that is cooked in that part of the field is very important. We were very happy, because we had the exact pieces for what we had to develop and now there are new players, different profiles. We have to instill that learning process in them. And itís what we are in.

Q: Is the 4-4-2 in rhombus still your starting draw?
A: We are going to trust in it, but itís true that we are already proposing new alternatives. If precisely the rhombus was born with the previous group to accommodate all that talent that we had in midfield, the additions we have made give us other options and we have to contemplate them.

Q: Are the players the ones who have to adapt to a system or is it the system that has to adapt to the players?
A: There's a bit of both, but I've always been more of adapting our game to the squad. When we incorporated these new players, we were looking for profiles for what we had been doing, but we have realized that their conditions and versatility open up new possibilities.

Q: Four seasons at the helm of Depor Ladies, do you notice fatigue?
A: Itís a job that I dedicate a lot to in all aspects, but it is comforting. It has helped that each season has been different.

Q: Until now you signed the renewal year after year and this summer you have committed to do it for the next three seasons.
A: I wanted to have the opportunity to rebuild this new cycle in the team and I am very happy here. We all know that the life of a coach hangs by a thread, but this gives me some peace of mind and confidence to reset the project, although I donít relax
 

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