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Rubi: The team competed bravely and that's how it’ll be until the end

The UD Almeria gaffer regretted that his team had not drifted down the tunnel at half-time on the lead. The gaffer positively valued the massive point picked up in Vigo

UD Almeria head coach Rubi has supplied his verdict on the two-all draw with RC Celta de Vigo: ‘The team competed bravely, and that’s how it’ll be until the end.' Although he valued positively the massive point picked up, especially since it was away from home against tough opponents Celta, Rubi considered that they had chances to have achieved the victory.’

The head coach continued answering the journalists' questions and argued: ‘We’ve deserved at least the point. We did enough in the opening half to reach the break on the lead, but we couldn't due to our own mistakes.’ Then, the Vilassar de Mar native commented: ‘We played the second half with class because Celta were going to make us defend deeper, but we had our opportunities.’ In fact, he emphasised ‘except for Aspas’ shot hitting to the post, which is still genius, the two biggest chances have been created by Samu Costa and Luis Suárez.’

Rubi highlighted: ‘I’m really happy to see my team compete, when they're in a rather complicated situation in the table, without fear and with courage. The players are proving that they’re going to compete fiercely until the end. There is no doubt about it! Another thing is that we might have a bad day, that our rivals are better than us… It’s part of football. We’re going to go all out because scoring two goals at the Abanca Balaídos Stadium isn’t easy at all.’

The Rojiblancos’ gaffer, who also praised the effectiveness of the strategy with Babic's opening goal, called for a possible penalty on Suárez in the second half with great respect: ‘If you analyse the play by Luis against the goalkeeper, he had already kicked when the ball didn’t gone wide yet and then the keeper tackled Luis Suárez. The ball is in play. Just imagine that it hits the post and Luis continues the play to be able to tap it in. He couldn’t though because he had been fouled clearly. If the ball had gone out, I’d understand that it’s fine. I can also understand that our player had already kicked.’

The UD Almería head coach was surprised by the added time of 8 minutes and the yellow card shown to Fernando when his team didn’t want to waste time because as he underlined: ‘Today we didn't want to draw, but to win.’