Celta Vigo Coach Paco Herrera concedes that the Galician derby against Deportivo La Coruna tomorrow is worth more than three points.
His words are contrary to those of Depor midfielder Juan Dominguez, who said earlier today that the Balaidos match-up amounted to just that – three points.
“We must enforce the factor of playing at home,” Herrera told a press conference. “We have to be strong, aggressive, and not let them play. It will take a great game to beat Depor. Ultimately there are only three points, but we know there's much more than that at stake.
“The two derbies are always 50 per cent, there's no team better than another. If we come back in the second derby ten points ahead of them or ten points behind, I'd say the same thing then.”
Currently 13th placed Celta are three points ahead of 18th placed Depor, after they were promoted from La Segunda together last summer.
Jose Luis Oltra's men got the better of Herrera's side twice last year, but the former Liverpool assistant Coach believes too much has changed for that to be relevant now.
“In the two derbies last season seven of my players had not experienced that situation before. But that is not the case tomorrow. Besides, I've always said my team learns quickly from mistakes made.”