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Pimienta: "We need the support of Gran Canaria to maintain our good run of results"

The coach of UD Las Palmas stated that achieving victory against Rayo "depends on us staying true to ourselves, defending with the ball, and being vigilant about turnovers."

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García Pimienta appeared in the press room at the Ciudad Deportiva to analyze the match that will see the yellow team face Rayo Vallecano this Sunday at the Gran Canaria (1 p.m. local time). The coach expressed that he expects "a highly demanding match against a team that's in very good form" and mentioned that "I know they'll do it, but we need our fans' support more than ever to secure the 3 points and continue our good run."

Here are some of his statements:

"I'm very happy about the renewal and the trust they've shown in me. It didn't happen before because last season we had a different goal, equally important, but I didn't want any distractions to finish the season."

"I see Marc Cardona as a starter, just like some other teammates. I couldn't say when Sandro will be back. He'll return when he feels well, and the medical team considers it's the right time."

"Julián is fine, he trained all week. Two days before the Villarreal game, he said he wasn't feeling quite right, and we all agreed it was best for him to rest. If we had to play right now, he'd be at 100%."

"Unfortunately, we're in a very demanding sport. If this only happened to us, I'd be concerned, but it's occurring in most clubs."

"Sergi Cardona is a player with an active contract. He's very important for the club and is performing at an excellent level."

"My relationship with Viera is a professional one, coach-player. We both want what's best for the club, and we're in the same boat."

"When you have doubts about who to play, it means people are performing well. Many players deserve to start."

"I won't discover Munir; I've known him since he was 15. It's a gift for us to have him in the first team. He has a lot of experience, incredible quality, and gives us the possibility to play inside, outside, and even in midfield."