MADRID, 25 Ene. (EUROPA PRESS) -
The Valencia coach, Gennaro Gattuso, has insisted this Wednesday that he hopes to give "joy" to the fans with a fantastic 2 night" in the quarterfinal match of the Copa del Rey against Athletic Club in Mestalla, a tournament at the who give "priority" in times of "fear and concern" in the League.
"I don't expect anything from the fans, I expect my team to play a good game and give the fans joy. On Monday there were 34,000 people with incredible cold, the stadium has always been full, I can only say thank you. I hope that we can give the fans a fantastic night", the Italian wished at the press conference prior to the duel against the 'lions' this Thursday (8:00 p.m.).
Gattuso described the match with the semifinals at stake against "a very brave team" as "important". "We have to give priority to the Cup, we are having a lot of difficulty in the League," acknowledged the coach, who admitted feeling "fear and worry" when looking at the LaLiga Santander table, with Valencia in twelfth place.
"You have to look at the good things and the bad things. We are a team that has not been able to manage advantages, it is not all bad, but we have to do things better when we go ahead, change the mentality. But it is not all negative. Now It's time to work professionally," he explained.
Faced with this situation, he sees it as "normal" for the fans to be "angry" and reiterated that the "responsibility" lies with the coach. "There is only one direction, the team is alive, I have the perception that the team is working well, but we are failing a lot. The club is not happy with the direction in which the season is going and it is normal," said Gattuso.
"When I played at San Siro and it was not a good time, the shirt and the ball weighed 100 kilos and I thought negatively. But we always have positive words for the players, the team wants to get results again. It's normal, we're afraid, but it's part of the sport. Worry is sometimes important, because it makes you do one more race for a teammate, it's not just negative," he said about the mental aspect.
Asked if the long-awaited turning point involves a change in strategy and tactics from the coaching staff, Gattuso stressed that he will not do things that he does not feel. "I have to protect the team and look at what we're not doing well. But I'm hardly going to change my philosophy. I see football clearly, my style is clear. Right now I have to put my ego aside, but I can't change my style," he said.
On his rival this Thursday, he highlighted his "clear style of play" and "speed", for which he asked his players "to do the defensive phase well". In addition, he denied that 4-4-2 is going to be his usual system. "I don't like it, because when you don't have the ball it gives many passing lanes to the rival. In recent games we have tried to do different things, we have not defined that we will always play with that 4-4-2", he stated, before confirming the loss of Thierry Correia and the doubt of Justin Kluivert.
"Surely we are going to try to change some things, today not all the players were one hundred percent," he added, also addressing the situation of Hugo Guillamón, starter in only two games after the World Cup. "He has incredible intelligence, I have spoken a lot with him. He has worked a lot, he arrived with discomfort from the national team. But I am calm with him, I am not worried about his situation, it will surely be important for us," he said.
Finally, Gattuso advanced that he is still "waiting" for the priority arrival of a midfielder who "can play in all midfield positions" in this winter market. "The club knows that I'm missing a midfielder and it knows everything. I hope players arrive to improve the team, not sign for the sake of signing. If it doesn't come, I'll keep working. We've talked about level players, but it couldn't be done due to Fair Play Financial. I am open to everything, but it has to have quality", he concluded.