Juan Carlos Valeron has urged his Deportivo teammates to pick up a win against Sevilla this weekend or risk falling behind in the coming weeks.
The Galicians welcome their Andalucian opponents to the Riazor this Monday evening undefeated on their return to La Liga so far.
However, with three draws to their name and the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and a derby with Celta Vigo to contend with in the coming weeks, veteran Valeron is placing weight on this weekend.
“We are unbeaten and, after a win and three draws, if we win at Sevilla it would be great, but if not, we could end up a little short, seeing that we have a complicated schedule, some tough games coming up,” he warned to reporters today.
“We have to be calm, keep working, go day to day and try to get as much as possible from each confrontation as possible.”
Sevilla arrive in buoyant mood, having beaten Real Madrid last weekend.
“In those games, every team knows that the demand is very high and that you have to give 110 per cent. I do not know if Sevilla will have that same intensity against us, but they are a good team and the win over Madrid has earned them trust and strength.
“They are a dangerous team away from home for their play and because they are quick.”
Valeron was asked for comment on being dropped from the starting XI last weekend for Depor’s visit to Granada.
“Because of the nature of the game, the Coach decided to look for something a little difference and, in my view, quite rightly, because it was a difficult match and hard and perhaps I would not have had the same prominence as other players.”
Sevilla’s last League visit to Deportivo in January 2011 ended in a 3-3 draw, whilst there has only been one 0-0 between the sides in the League at the Riazor in the last 38 years.