Malaga coach Jose Gonzalez deflated by Leganes loss

Malaga coach Jose Gonzalez deflated by Leganes loss

March 4, 2018 Off By James Lassey

Following their 2-0 away loss to Leganes, Jose Gonzalez feels his Malaga side had no right to come away from the Estadio Municipal de Butarque with any points whatsoever.

It took until the second-half for the game to open up as the hosts looked to control the game, Leganes took the lead ten minutes after the interval through Javier Eraso, who headed home from Diego Rico’s cross.

Watford loanee Nordin Amrabat soon doubled their lead seven minutes later to put the game beyond any doubt.

The result means Malaga have endured six successive La Liga defeats and are eight points from safety, they have not won in almost two months.

One win in their last 12 games leaves them at the foot of the table and with their next fixture against leaders Barcelona, Gonzalez can only fear the worse.

Despite the odds being stacked against the Spaniard, he firmly believes he has the credentials needed to take his side out of the realms of relegation.

Gonzalez told reporters after the game,

“I’ve got the guts to take this forward, and I owe it to the fans whom we must respect.

“We weren’t up to the standard today. When we arrived an hour and a half before kick-off and there were fans waiting for us in the pouring rain. That really gets me.

“I’ve never lost six matches on the run in my life, and it hurts as the first Malaguista. I will continue and never give up. If someone wants me to step down, they don’t know me at all”.

The 51-year-old has been in charge of Malaga since January and many feel that Gonzalez’s days are numbered, although he claims he is not done yet.

“I’ve got something, it’s age. I played in the Cádiz of miracles and won the last four matches to secure our salvation,” he added.

“With Córdoba we scored 13 of the 18 in the last six games and were saved. Taking into account the path we’ve been on previously, good luck was bound to be on our side at some point, but not with today’s performance.”

Gonzalez will now prepare his side for the visit of Barcelona to La Rosaleda Stadium as they hope to change their fortunes.

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