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Simeone: "If this was the final day, it would feel much nicer"
“There is a massive difference between us and Real Madrid and Barcelona. We’ll wait to see whether Barça win and continue as we have been doing”.
Schuster planned quite a difficult game for your team...
Málaga defended really well and we didn’t create many chances on goal. Winning this game was a team effort; it was the group as a whole who did it for us, a very hard-fought victory.
What does being provisional leaders mean for you?
Not much more than just waiting until Barça win then we can continue as we have been doing all along. If this was the final day of the league, it would feel much nicer but we’ve got a long way to go yet.
Are you still taking it one game at a time?
I’m aware of what I said. You saw today what a struggle it was for us to take this game forward. Getafe were 2-0 up against Barcelona but ended losing 5-2. There is a massive difference between us and Real Madrid and Barcelona. We are making a huge effort – that’s what the people on the street like about us, that’s all we can do – battle as hard as we can.
Did you expect Málaga to be so defensive today?
Our opponents have been using those tactics against us since our Cup game against Sant Andreu. It’s just something we have to find a solution to. When teams are intent on defending, it’s harder to find a way past them but that’s a good thing – it makes the Spanish League stronger. We’re starting to see other sides employing different tactics and another style of play. I’m sure that Málaga fans will be happy with how Schuster handled this game. I have to applaud him, his side were well-organized and well-positioned and that complicated matters for us.
What made you bring Adrián on?
I wanted to play with a 4-2-3-1 formation, I know that we have players who could do some damage in and around the area and after getting the goal, we played with five at the back to defend the crosses coming in for Santa Cruz.
Was there any reason why Sosa didn’t get to make his debut?
Óliver was brought off because the team required a different set of characteristics. This was a different game; Sosa will get his chance.