"It has been a long time in coming, this game, both teams had to perform out there" stressed Manolo Márquez after the important win at La Rosaleda, adding: " the team to score first set themselves up". In terms of his team’s defending, which had worried the manager, he believed his players "defended in quite an orderly fashion, although there were times in the match that we were forced back a bit too quickly".
The changes to the starting line up compared to the last match against Atlético de Madrid, in this case seven, brought a forthright opinion from the manager: "there were lots of changes, as we didn’t look at all good. I had pretty much made up my mind for tonight’s starting line up a few days ago".
"Calleri has looked really good, although I would like to congratulate the whole team" he said with reference to his Argentinian forward, saying that everyone had played their part. He was especially pleased with the way the team performed, saying "I have a squad of 25 players and lots of different playing options, the team used to be all about possession, but today we were direct when we needed to be"
Manolo Márquez discovered today that "this team has got a lot going for it".