Guillermo Ochoa hailed Malaga’s fans for their continued support after he made his first home start in La Liga on Friday against Sporting Gijon.
A long-term injury to No 1 Carlos Kameni opened the door for Ochoa to stake his claim between the stiafter just nine appearances in a season-and-a-half at Malaga, and he has so far taken his opportunity with both hands, keeping a clean sheet in a 1-0 victory over Sporting.
“I felt good physically and mentally.” the goalkeeper said after the game.
“I had to be focused after so long without playing and knew that eyes would be on me.
“I think that [my] experience gives you this [the ability to play under pressure]. I’ve learned how to handle anxiety calmly and gradually built up confidence.
“Personally, I prefer not to take stock [of my own performance] and that team always win.
“I had to suffer [against Sporting], but fortunately I could stop our rivals’ chances.
“It’s key for the team to keep a clean sheet, and I’m happy.
“I’d been unable to play in La Liga at home, and to have done so with a win makes me happy.
“The fans have always supported me, and for them to support you after so without playing is important.”