Our coach Quique Sánchez Flores, spoke at the pre-match press conference ahead of our trip tomorrow evening in the Copa Del Rey to Getafe in the Round of 16. He began by emphasising, "We know the importance of each game, and the turnaround in mentality will not come through one competition or another but through results. We will try to approach the game with more ideas and try to cut out our mistakes. We are still absorbing our last match and yet the next one is so soon. We will look to turn over a new leaf heading into tomorrow's game."
"Things don't happen by chance in football. Everything is carefully assessed and analysed. We know why things happen. We are in defensive rebuild. The lack of structure in our attack is mirrored in our defence. Completely changing everything is very difficult. There are mistakes that we keep making and we have to work on them. Everything is more challenging if the results are going our way. I watched the league match against Getafe, and we identified similar patterns to what we are trying to fix. It's a matter of awareness and organisation; we have to work on it and adapt 100 percent. Football doesn't allow those mistakes," he continued.
"It is a matter of preparation, focus and determination. We all want to change the dynamic, but we must put in the hard yards on the training ground to facilitate this."
Sánchez Flores also mentioned that "ultimately, giving the fans something to cheer about is what we're working towards. But the highs don't come without a lot of hard work. It is a matter of preparation, focus and determination. We all want to change the dynamic, but we must put in the hard yards on the training ground to facilitate this. There are no excuses. If things aren't going your way, you must be doing something wrong."
In terms of tomorrow's game, he indicated that "the boys are raring to go. We have work to do, but we will be up for the challenge. We are up against a tough team who are well-drilled and will be hard to break down. If we are to get a positive result, we will have to put up a real fight."
Finally, he revealed that "defensive solidity has nothing to do with the system. If you do the basics well - dominate the aerial duels, clear the ball from dangerous positions and stick tight to your men - it doesn't matter whether you have four at the back or five. It is a matter of organisation. Against Athletic we were okay, against Ferrol we were better, but last time out we were very disorganised.