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Pepe Mel: “This victory is fundamental for us”

The Madrid-born manager made his debut for the club with a victory, and after the match stated “this result will give the team great self-esteem. When I came to the club the players had let their heads down and lacked confidence”.

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10/03/2019 20:53

Pepe Mel’s first match in charge brought a welcome victory, and he showed his joy at winning, although he admitted “we haven’t done anything yet, and we have a long way to go. If we lose next Sunday today will have been a waste of time”, adding “we will enjoy today’s victory tonight, but tomorrow the team will be back training and turning our attention to Mallorca, and put tonight’s win behind us”.

“Aythami deserved his goal, he has been extremely helpful to me since I arrived at the club” he said of his defender who scored the winning goal, and he was also quick to point to team-mate Araujo’s performance, “he gave it his all until he ran out of gas. We need to get him back because he is an important player to us”.

Mel assessed his team’s performance against a team “who are doing really well. In the first half it was quite tough for us but in general terms we were up to the task”. The manager then spoke of the fans, who are very important to him, calling on them to fill the Estadio Gran Canaria next weekend, saying “today the team have placed the first stone for the fans to forgive them, now we need to keep placing more stones”, he said, concluding his press conference at the Riazor stadium.