Imanol: “Being able to be leaders is not pressure”

Imanol Sheriff celebrates the return of footballers like Silva, Sorloth and Pacheco and regrets the injury of Oyarzabal, although he does not want to make any excuse for the match against Mallorca, after which Real will be the first classified in the case of scoring, since neither Madrid nor Atlético play, a team with which they share co-leadership. “Being able to be leaders is not any pressure,” means the coach. “I absolutely have to go through that,” he adds, making it clear that “my responsibility is to have the players prepared for the game and for the fans to leave the field proud”. He goes further by stating: “I prefer to lose the next five games if that means that in 10 or 15 we are among the top four.”

In the run-up to the duel, the royalists will offer the fans the Copa del Rey title obtained on April 3 and the coach trusts that this will not distract anyone: “I said it should be as little as possible; the less distraction, a lot better “, reveals the Gipuzkoan coach. He accepts that “you have to dedicate the Cup to the fans, but you have to do as little as possible so as not to lose focus.” However, he is convinced that the team will have all five senses on winning this match: “The players are sure not to be distracted, neither am I and I hope the fans will not push us from the beginning.” It is the first of the seven matches that Real will play in 23 days: “Every fan should know how important this match is.”

“The players are sure not to be distracted, neither am I and I hope that the fans, neither and push us from the beginning”

Special for the fans

For ImanolHow could it be otherwise, this game is “special”, but for another reason: being able to play in a packed Anoeta, with 100% of the stands available for your parish for the first time in 20 months: “Les We have missed a lot. It has been incredible what has been noticed without the capacity being full and what I hope is that they come out proud of the team, win, lose or draw. ” An entrance is expected, for Anoeta to be around 35,000 spectators, and because of all this and the context, the coach expects “a great atmosphere” in the stands and that “between all of us we will be able to take advantage of the game.”

Respectful with Mallorca

Regarding the rival, Mallorca, the Oriotarra coach also has good words: “They are going to give continuity to what they are doing. They keep a lot from last year and the same coach, but with the additions they have made.” He considers the Balearic Islands as a team “brave when attacking” and with “very good players”. It stands out that it is difficult for them to score away from home, although they have competed in all matches, except at the Bernabéu. “I’m not expecting an easy game, but we play at home, in front of our people and we want to win through the game and the drive of our fans.” The challenge is to “give continuity” to this great moment, in which the Real is knowing how to solve the games “without being so fine.”

Neither does he know Imanol what to expect from Mallorca because he underlines that “all teams come and change their style and way of playing when they face us.” A good sign, no doubt.

No excuses before the derby

Finally, the coach txuri urdin did not want to give importance to the fact that Real has two days off less than Athletic to prepare for the derby on the 31st, in the midst of a flurry of matches: “That’s how it plays. We are playing Europe and zero. excuses. It is not the first time that it does not happen. When the moment arrives, we will face it with the same humility as always. ”

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