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Alcaraz: My team will win the games they need

by Heath Chesters | Posted on Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Granada manager Lucas Alcaraz was left frustrated by a five minute spell in the second half against Rayo Vallecano, when the game turned completely against his team.

Lucas Alcaraz

Granada fell to a 3-0 defeat at Nuevo Los Cármenes, against a Rayo Vallecano side who took full advantage of the misfortunes of the home side, punishing them convincingly.

After the game, Granada manager Lucas Alcaraz gave his analysis on how the game changed, beginning with missed opportunities of their own to score, the dismissal of Yacine Brahimi and Rayo Vallecano taking full control of the game.

“In the space of five minutes, everything has changed in the game. We’ve missed two scoring opportunities, we had a player sent off, they scored their first and then their second. From there on, we weren’t able to offer a reaction.”

“In the first half we’ve had the clearest of the chances and in the second half, everything started with the same script.”

Despite the dismal result, Alcaraz remains convinced that his team can get sufficient points from their remaining games against Real Sociedad, Almería and Real Valladolid, to secure their permanence in the Primera.

“I see sufficient arguments in my team to win the games they need. We have to think only of that and getting the results.”

As for the dismissal of Brahimi, who tugged the shirt of an opponent when he was already on a yellow card, Alcaraz refused to criticise referee Mateu Lahoz, feeling it was a mistake by the player.

“If the referee shows a card, then it’s a card. We could have done more to avoid it. It’s a mistake we’ve made, more than anything else.”

Finally, Alcaraz sent his condolences to the family of Tito Vilanover, who passed away on Friday.

“It’s been huge blow for everyone. I wish to offer my encouragement to his family, his club and everyone around him.”

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