Seedorf optimistic for Espanyol victory after two defeats

Seedorf optimistic for Espanyol victory after two defeats

February 23, 2018 Off By Sports Writer

Deportivo La Coruna boss Clarence Seedorf is in search of his first win as the Galician side host Quique Sanchez Flores’ side on Friday evening at the Riazor.

Nine games without a win and two under the guidance of the Dutch coach – has seen Depor struggling to keep pace with the relegation pack, sitting three points off safety.

Performances have been better under the former AC Milan midfielder, having lost narrowly by one goal to Real Betis and Alaves in their last two games.

“I believe there is optimism, we only have fourteen games remaining, it’s a lot of games. I saw a lot of good things in the first half against Alaves,” he told reporters.

“I believe we are going to improve, we have had a good week in training and I am confident.

“The fans will play a big part in their home. I am convinced that no one coming here will feel comfortable. The players are working and the results will arrive.”

Flores’ side have won just one of their last 11 away games in La Liga this season, conceding two or more goals in four of their last five games on the road.

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Like Depor, they have struggled too and sit a disappointing 16th in the La Liga standings at present but they do approach the game with a fully fit side.

Depor, meanwhile, have Sidnei sidelined due to injury with a hamstring problem, whilst Federico Valverde picked up a knee injury last weekend and is likely to miss out.

Zakaria Bakkali is the other notable absentee after picking up his fifth yellow card last week, meaning he is suspended.

Sulley Muntari, signed earlier this week, is hopeful of making his debut for his new side.