The central of Elche CF Gonzalo verdu has been in charge this Wednesday of attending to the media after the training of the franjiverde set. The Cartagena player has highlighted the good start of the League, both individually and collectively. “We knew it was going to be a tough start because we could barely make a preseason after getting promotion late, but the team has worked hard and we have started well in terms of points and play. We have room for improvement, but we are very satisfied with how things are going. On a personal level, I am very happy for the confidence they are giving me and I try to respond with work, as I have always donee”.
Despite the good start, the defender of the Elche team is aware that there is still a long way to go. “We know that the evolution is going to be positive because little by little new people are getting better connected and, in that sense, it was very important to start well. We have a good amount of points, but we still have room for improvement“, he insisted.
Verdú also highlighted the good atmosphere that reigns in the dressing room: “We have a spectacular group, both with the people we followed from last year and those who have come new. There is a great predisposition to work and that in the long run will be very important. We started strong and in each training session you can see the level of activation of all the players, both those who play and those who don’t. ”
On the good performances his partner is having Edgar Badia has commented that “it’s no surprise because we know him. He is a goalkeeper with tremendous qualities“.
One of the things to improve is the defensive game and knowing how to stop the attack between the lines that both Real Sociedad, Betis and Celta have put Elche in a lot of trouble, in addition to growing in the ball exit. The green-franj captain has commented in this regard that “The coach has a brave idea, we are assimilating it and we are with it to death. At the beginning there could be some doubt, the team takes risks in the exit of the ball, but we have it clear. We know that coordinating the line of five is more complex than with four behind, but we work to find solutions. We suffered with Betis and Celta, when Denis Suárez got inside, but we have two weeks to correct and improve and go to Valencia for the three points against Levante“.
The fact that Elche, due to this risky bet, is the team that receives the most shots and the one that shoots the least against the opposite goal is not a problem for Gonzalo Verdú. “We are a brave team, the coach too and we are not crazy about the game we play. In the end, it will surely give us more than it will take away. We have a ready-made squad for the game with the ball, it is true that we have committed some dangerous losses, but we work to correct it. In the end, the statistics will be equated with the teams in our league, which are fighting for salvation, as the competition progresses, because we are a new team that we do not have to adapt to the new category. It is always more positive to improve through victories than with defeats. Many teams that have better statistics in this regard would change them for the points that we carry“.
Finally, the central of the Elche group has answered a question about the situation of the covid-19 and the fact that at Granada force him to play with only seven professionals in front of the Real society. “When the competition starts we all know the conditions and they must be met. We are workers and there are people who are responsible for setting these standards. Everybody knows them. We know it both since the end of last season and in the current one. You have to take care of yourself as much as possible, both on the field and in training sessions and outside in your private life.. We know that what happened to Granada could happen to you and I hope it doesn’t happen to any other team in the First and Second Division. ”
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