Abel Resino has underlined the significance of Granada’s trip to Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday. “It’s a six-pointer.”
The 54-year-old returned to the Andalucians last week, having already saved the club from relegation in 2011-12, and he urged La Liga’s basement boys to treat his first match back at the helm as their season’s curtain raiser.
“I’m very happy, my first impressions have been very good,” he told reporters.
“I came here because it’s a difficult challenge, but we’ll fight until the last second [to stay up]. I’m optimistic. There’s no way I’d have accepted this job otherwise.
"I see a positive team. We’ve tried to work from all angles – videos, personal conversations – and I see them happy and eager to go to Riazor, which for us is the League opener.
"We’re trying to erase everything negative. I don’t know how we’re going to compete, but what’s clear is that the team have worked very well [in training].
“The players have had to adapt to a new Coach and new ways of working. They have embraced some of the things I want pretty well, now they have to confirm this at Riazor.
“It will be a tight match because both teams are rivals at the bottom of the table and are presumed to finish there.
“I've tried to instil the notion that you must compete at the top for 90 minutes and play with the greatest possible intensity. It’s the only way to win in the Primera.
“It’s going to look different from the Granada you all saw in the first round of fixtures. This team want to go all out and have no fear.
“We will go to Riazor to win, and in order to win you must try to reach [your opponents’] goal as much as possible.
“For that, we must try our hardest, with all the enthusiasm and especially ruthlessness. That’s what I want from this team. It’s my approach to football.
“Deportivo have important players and are a team who have improved as the season’s progressed.
“They’re in good shape and are in a relegation fight like ourselves. We’re three points behind them, that’s why this game is important. It’s a six-pointer.”