PRIMERA MATCH REPORT

Primera Week 14 - 2 Dec 2012 (11.00 UK)
Granada 0 - 0 Espanyol
Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes

Javier Aguirre has claimed his side were 'exemplary', whilst Juan Antonio Anquela said he 'would die' for his team.

The Mexican Coach claimed a point in his first game in charge of the Barcelona-based club, and admitted that his men were full of fighting spirit.

“We were better defensively than offensively,” he told a Press conference. “But our work overall was exemplary.

“The players were full of fighting spirit and worked well as a unit.”

He also commented on his opening game back in Spain, after his departure from Real Zaragoza in 2011.

“I have good feelings coming back to La Liga,” he said. “It is very nice to be coaching in this environment.”

Anquela meanwhile chalked off suggestions of disharmony in the dressing room, with reporters after the final whistle claiming that his players looked disinterest on the pitch.

But the 55-year-old hit out saying he would defend his team to the death.

“I'll always be with my players through thick and thin,” he told a Press conference. “I know it's easy to throw the blame on them, but we are a team.

“If anything the main culprit is me. In football, I've been very good at times, but at the moment I'm sad and I need to find a hole to isolate myself in.

“My players are mine and I would die for them.”

He also commented on the calls from some fans for him to resign.

“I've been fighting my entire life,” he said. “Of course I have strength. I just think of the work I've done and how enjoyable it is.

“The fans can have their say. You cannot say anything about what they're chanting. My team have done things to win this match, but what worries me is seeing the sadness of the players because we deserved to win.

“All I can do is continue to work.”


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