The boss defended his players, even using statistics from the home match in January: "Football is football, the sum total of a lot of things. I can't ask my players to do anything other than what they know"
Joaquín Caparrós started his pre-match press conference for the Gran Derbi by talking about the side's win over Madrid just 48 hours ago: "when you're winning the mental aspect strengthens and players recover earlier. We have 24 hours for them to continue recovering because it's going to be a demanding match against a team in good form and playing in front of their fans. We have our chances and we're going to try and make things come off as we want".
He talked about the last training session leading up to the match: "We were listening to the chants from outside, we talked with the chairman and the staff and decided to let them in. It was beautiful to see the fans waiting and sometimes you have to just act in the moment".
On the match itself: "We are aware that the points are important, we'll see if everything comes off". "Football is football. It's a sum total of a lot. Ever Banega, Pablo Sarabia, Steven Nzonzi... I can't ask them to do anything other than they know."
"We were listening to the chants from outside, we talked with the chairman and the staff and decided to let them in. It was beautiful to see the fans waiting"
"What I want is to talk about the match and praise the talent of my players, which is what I said just after arriving. With our talent we have to get a good result because I don't know anyone in the elite who wins titles on courage alone. Without talent and creativity you can't. I like that that is at the disposal of the group and it's not passive".
Certainly a notable match but only part of the process: "We have to go step by step. We have two more matches to achieve our aims and tomorrow's is very important. Derbies are special for me like any Sevillista and for the opponent. We're all hopeful of winning but that's what makes football so great and how it's experienced here".
"I saw it as difficult to watch another derby from the touchline but in football you never know. I have all the excitement I had for the first day and the eagerness to get a result that would get us one little step closer to the objective".
"I saw it as difficult to watch another derby from the touchline but in football you never know"
Speaking about a possible eleven: "We'll see tomorrow but we have to depend on ourselves. There are elements in play we have to look at but this is a team with a lot of internationals and we don't want to cut off their creativity... We'll have to wait until the last minute on Navas but it's complicated".
Finally, he talked about motivating the group: "You always have to have the a team talk, it depends on the situation. Maybe something comes to you at the right moment but when it comes to motivating there's no fixed code. You have to be observant and find something to say at any stage. We've already been doing that sort of thing".