Cádiz CF coach Álvaro Cervera spoke to the media by video link in the press room of the Ciudad Deportiva. Just hours after the victory in San Mamés, the manager discussed how his side are looking good for the clash against Granada on Sunday.
Los Amarillos are always competitive. “The team will always compete, but we know that there are specific moments when we’ll be up against it, like when we go behind on the scoreboard, for example. There will be moments when we’ll be off the pace, but so far that’s only been against Sevilla. Victory yesterday [Thursday] is now nothing more than a good story, because we won it playing with just nine men.”
Asking more from his players. “We don’t think that we are going to win many games that way. You have to grow by doing more of the things that are done by others in the Primera. To compete we need to do a little more when we have the ball.”
The need to keep players fresh. “When we have three games in a week, the fitness coach always says the same thing. Playing two games in a row is not a problem; the problem is the third. I made changes because I think it’s important to do so. I have to see players competing on the main pitch, in games, not just in training."
Granada analysis. “They’re a team that have had a year’s experience in the Primera, and that experience took them to the Europa League. They are coming off the back of a very bad league result away from home [6-1 vs Atlético] and will arrive in Cádiz knowing it’s a place where they can cement their place in the top flight and settle themselves for the season. They are a very dangerous team that has experience in the Primera. They’re a difficult opponent, and look like a good team to me.”
The lifeblood of the Carranza is missing. “The foundations of everything we do are based on our home stadium. I know what happens to others; it’s clear from the points. Emotionally, it’s a right pain for us that there are no fans present. It restricts us and works against us.”