Schuster: What we really want is to win at home
Málaga coach Bernd Schuster outlined the Andaluz derby with Granada as an ideal opportunity for his team to secure three points at home, whilst also giving the fans at La Rosaleda something to cheer about.
Ahead of Sunday’s regional derby against Granada, Málaga manager Bernd Schuster stressed the importance of securing the home victory, as an important step towards having a more comfortable finish to the season in La Liga.
“Since Wednesday we have been focusing on tomorrow’s game. It’s a great opportunity for us and I hope we can take it. It’s a game we need, but in general terms. We don’t want to reach the end of the season with any doubts, suffering or things going badly. We’ve suffered enough this season. We have a great opportunity to play well, win the three points and be much calmer afterwards. Then, we’ll win other games for sure.”
“What we really want is to win at home, with our fans. It’s an important moment for us. We have to win over our fans and our attitude on the pitch will have much to do with that. The fans, with what little we’ve shown, are still with us, but obviously we need to win a game like this for them.”
Analysing opponents Granada, Schuster was well aware of the threats they can pose for his team, but felt that if his own team can get into their own rhythm of play, they can dominate the game.
“Their midfield and attack is very dangerous, they’ve shown that every weekend, but there will also be possibilities for ourselves. If we find the right balance, which we’re doing better all the time, pressuring our opponents, having more control of the ball, being in charge of the game will be the key factor.”
A recurring theme for Schuster throughout the season, has been a frustrated view of how his team seems to suffer unfairly with refereeing decisions. He believes little should change as to how they approach games.
“We’re getting too many cards. Looking at the quantity of cards we’ve had, I can’t really say what the problem is. I see differences in some games, between a foul by Málaga and that of our opponents. We’re aware of this, but without changing ourselves too much. If we have to commit a foul, then it’s what we have to do.”