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Deportivo La Coruna can avoid relegation if they maintain the attitude they displayed against Malaga, according to coach Victor Fernandez.
In Wednesday’s Copa del Rey first leg, Deportivo fought back to draw 1-1 at their Estadio Municipal de Riazor and Fernandez wants to see a similar intensity and fighting spirit when they host Malaga again in La Liga today.
Due to a quirk in the fixture, Deportivo and Malaga will face each other three times in the space of four games across two competitions. In their round of 32 first leg, Malaga hit the front in the 11th minute when Ignacio Camacho got free to head Luis Alberto’s free-kick home.
But Deportivo, who have not won in six games in all competitions, eventually produced an equaliser with 22 minutes remaining when Toche poked the ball into the net after Malaga failed to deal with a loose ball resulting from a corner.
“We still improve, but, while we have this attitude and ambition, the future does not worry me,” said Fernandez, who is in his first season as Deportivo’s coach.
The 54-year-old added his team need to improve in the final third if they are to get out of La Liga’s drop zone.
Deportivo sit 18th – the highest of the three relegation spots in Spain’s top division – 10 points ahead of today’s clash with Malaga, only behind 17th-placed Almeria on goal difference.
“Football is the last pass, the final shot and we lacked marksmanship,” Fernandez said. The match will be the first league match at the Riazor since Deportivo fan Francisco Javier Romero Taboada died in violent clashes between La Coruna and Atletico Madrid last week.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor