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Quique S. Flores: “The change in systems didn’t work; it was my fault”

“We lacked defensive aggressiveness; they were more aggressive”

Quique Sánchez Flores said at his post-game press conference after the match against Sevilla that the loss was his fault, that the change in systems didn’t work and that the team lacked aggressiveness. “We played against a team that did well. The system change didn’t work for us but when we recovered our position on the field we got into the match. We lacked aggressiveness. They were more aggressive than us and when you play against Sevilla it’s tough to fall behind on the scoreboard because you’re not playing your game, the balls disappear… Sevilla competes very hard and manages those situations,” he stated.

The manager acknowledged that his team improved in the second half. After the break we put the final score in doubt. We could have scored a second and a third goal, but it wasn’t meant to be. I didn’t like the way the match unfurled. We would have functioned differently with a minimum amount of aggressiveness. We were more permeable with five in the midfield than with four,” he pointed out.

With respect to Forlán, who didn’t score, he stated that “he’s a great player. If he’s not in top form, he will be soon.”

To finish, he again insisted on taking the blame for the loss and spoke candidly about the change of Systems. “We lacked defensive aggressiveness. I betrayed a blond lad with blue eyes who won two titles for a dark-haired one with black eyes who didn’t know how to defend. It was my fault,” he wrapped up.