Clarence Seedorf has a near-impossible task of trying to keep Deportivo de La Coruña from relegation.
Since his arrival back in February, the former Real Madrid midfielder has failed to win a single game, conceding nine goals and scoring just two, with nine games to go – including fixtures against Barcelona, Atlético de Madrid, Sevilla, Valencia and the ever-important Galician derby against Celta – and seven points away from safety, Seedorf still has a firm belief his team can avoid relegation.
During an interview for Marca.com he said that he thought it would be easier to win a game, because the team have been “playing some really good games in which we deserved to win by more than a one goal difference”.
Some fans believe his over-confidence will only lead to a bigger disappointment; however Seedorf remains confident the situation can be turned around: “Being an optimist is the only way to go forward, psychologically, balance is key.”
His message to the fans is to not get obsessed: “I would tell fans that you have to get behind the team to build the team.”
Deportivo, Málaga and Las Palmas are in the bottom three, Málaga at the moment is bottom table with 14 points, Dépor are on 20 while Málaga sit in 18th place with 21 points, and safety is marked by Levante who are on 27 points, the same number if points that are left in play which in Seedorf’s eyes is a good number of games left to keep the team from going down.
Seedorf signed a contract until the 30th of June, when asked whether he would stay longer, he evaded the question by pointing out that his contract is until the 30th of June and he believes in satying up so the prospect of managing the team in Segunda isn’t something he has thought about.
Along the same lines, Deportivo striker and captain Adrián still believes the team are still in control of their fate: “Of course we know it will be a difficult task, but there are still 27 points in play, if we link up two or three wins everything will change, the important thing is to reach the final games with options to stay up. A victory would give us the confidence to keep going”
Speaking from Depor’s training ground in Abegondo (just in the outskirts of the city of A Coruña), Adrián has said the team have been preparing for “a very important game” which they hope will be the turning point of the season.
Adrián, who was an Atlético player from 2011 to 2014, looked back at the last time the teams faced eachother: “it was a good game, we played very well with the misfortune of conceding that last minute goal, but it is comforting to know that we can play well against them”
Deportivo visit an Atlético de Madrid side who will be without key players like Griezmann or Vitolo, the players are hopeful they can leave the Wanda Metropolitano with all three points.