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Post-Match | Oltra: "We've shown more positives than negatives so far in pre-season"

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29/07/2017 19:08

Following Saturday's friendly defeat against Millwall FC at The Den, Granada CF manager José Luis Oltra accepted his team were beaten by an opponent who are a more finished product, at this stage of pre-season, with the English side facing their first competitive league fixture in the Championship next weekend. Although accepting this was a negative result, overall, he is confident that there have been far more positives throughout the overseas stage of pre-season in the Netherlands, before making the trip to London.

“The game itself, I think our opponent was better than us throughout and from start to finish. We didn’t really find ourselves at any stage of the game. They were a much more physical and energetic team, who looked ready to start their competitive season next weekend against Nottingham Forest.”

“Our opponent was stronger and took the game a lot more seriously. They beat us in the second ball situations and challenges, their football was better.”

“In the first half we hardly got forward out of our own half and we didn’t have any fluidity in our play. Although we weren’t really suffering any problems defensively, we didn’t see much of our midfield. Goals can come in any shape or form and theirs eventually came from a direct free-kick.”

“In the second half we tried to do things differently, but we were never comfortable. They also scored two more goals, because they were doing more than we were. They were a difficult team to stop, they had a lot more energy, they took the game more seriously.”

“I don’t think we need to worry too much though, because overall so far in pre-season we’ve shown far more positives than negatives, but today I didn’t feel too good about our performance. If this had been a competitive match in the league, obviously I’d be furious.”

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Midfielder and captain on the day, Raúl Baena, noted the physical superiority of the English opponent, but highlighted that despite the defeat, positive lessons can be learned as the team seeks to keep improving.

“It was a complicated game. In the first half it was difficult for us to get forward, although they weren’t really creating many clear chances against us. Their first goal came from a direct free-kick. In the second half we got forward more, but they did too and had the spell in which they scored two quick goals.”

“We need to draw some conclusions from this game, so that we can improve. A result like this in pre-season can be useful, looking ahead, so that we can work hard on aspects of our game we need to improve.”

“It was another pre-season game that we can continue building on. Millwall start their season next weekend and they showed they have a bit more energy than we do right now.”