Benched Bermejo not despondent

Striker Mario Bermejo admits not playing a minute for Celta Vigo thus far this season 'stings', but has vowed to simply work harder.

The 33-year-old centre forward was one of the first names on the Celta teamsheet last year in the Segunda Division, scoring eight goals during their promotion campaign.

But he has had to watch the Celestes’ opening La Liga fixtures against Malaga and Real Sociedad from the bench.

“It is unusual for me compared to previous years,” the journeyman striker told AS. “Everyone wants to play, even if only for a few minutes, and when you don't it stings.

“But I have to work more and change the Coach's mind. First, you look to yourself.”

Paco Herrera's change of formation, so that the Galicians no longer have a 'reference point' up front, is one of the reasons for Bermejo's absence.

“Last season I also played as a playmaker,” the no 9 added. “Now there is no reference point or anyone acting as a playmaker. It is evident I have less options, but my confidence does not decay.”

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