Gracia slams misfiring Malaga

Malaga boss Javi Gracia criticised his players after they were knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Segunda outfit Mirandes at La Rosaleda.

The Costa del Sol side trailed 2-1 from the first leg but Mirandes produced the only upset of the last 32 so far when substitute Lago Junior fired home the solitary goal of the game on 73 minutes.

“We did a lot of things badly and competing like this we won’t be able to go anywhere and play,” the Navarra-born Coach told a post-match Press conference.

“My players tried their best but the performance was not good and I must congratulate our opponents because they deserved it. We didn’t demonstrate we were superior, although we did some good things, but it wasn’t enough.

“We started brightly and made some good chances yet after that we got worse. In the second half I had to replace Ignacio Camacho and we know how important he is to us, and will continue to be.”

Gracia played down suggestions that he would be tempted to resign after Malaga’s poor start to the La Liga season.

“I come here every day with the intention of doing my job well. Nothing else,” he insisted.

Tags Javi Gracia