Mallo: Galician derby makes me tingle

Celta Vigo defender Hugo Mallo says he has a tingling feeling in his body before Saturdays’ Galician derby with Deportivo de La Coruna.

The northwest Spain outfits meet in La Primera for the first time in five years and Mallo says the clash at Balaidos is so special that it has left him experiencing different sensations in the lead-up to it.

“The week started by being quiet but as the days pass you start to get a tingling feeling in your stomach,” the 21-year-old told a Press conference.

“We want to win this so much, but it’s not a question of us getting revenge for what happened last season because that’s gone.

“For all the Galicians in our squad it’s a special game, so the sooner it comes round the better. This derby is at our ground and I’m sure it will be a great occasion, so we must respond with a victory.

“It’s true that the week before it we are more motivated than usual and are looking forward to it, but we haven’t got anything against Depor. In fact, I’ve not even watched them this season.”

The Celta youth product believes the game with Jose Luis Oltra’s men will bear nothing in relation to last week’s clash with Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu, where he says his team lost its identity.

“With all respect to Deportivo they are not Real Madrid and they are not playing at their own ground. We went to the Bernabeu with the intention of having the ball but for the first 15 or 20 minutes it looked as if their players were on motorbikes.

“Now we are playing at home and it is us who have to take the initiative,” explained Mallo.

Finally, he was asked to comment on referee Undiano Mallenco, who will be in charge of this weekend’s game.

“I only remember Meleno Lopez because he sent me off at Cartagena. I don’t know any others,” he maintained.

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