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Gaizka Garitano: "The victory will come and I hope this is the game"

The UD Almería head coach, who previewed the upcoming tough-looking match against Atlético de Madrid at the press conference, sent his heartfelt condolences to the families of those who died in the Valencia fire and his total support to those affected

UD Almería head coach Gaizka Garitano began his pre-Atlético press conference by expressing, on behalf of the team and the Club, his total support to those affected by the massive fire that ripped through two joined apartment blocks in the Spanish city of Valencia yesterday: 'I want to send my heartfelt condolences to those affected. When this happens, football takes a backseat and I send my deepest condolences to the families of those who have died.' 

Regarding the upcoming tough-looking game against Atlético de Madrid, the Basque Country native highlighted the importance of being completely focused for the 90 minutes: 'They're a great team and they've been competing in elite football for many years. If they're up there, it's because they push themselves to the limit wherever they play. They're a very reliable squad, I'd say the best in terms of performance and competitiveness.'

Furthermore, in order to face this match against the Colchoneros, the Rojiblancos' gaffer assures: 'Everyone is available for selection, with the exception of Luis Suárez and Koné.'

The days go by and the team still hasn't picked up three points in one go. 'I hope this is the game we win; We're capable of beating any opposition, we see it every weekend and tomorrow it'll be no less. If we continue like this, the victory will come, but as I say, we must keep up the good work and improve in other aspects to be able to achieve it,' he added.

Apart from not winning, UD Almería, at home, has gone five back-to-back games without scoring. On that subject, the head coach stresses: 'It seems incredible that we haven't scored considering the number of chances  we've had, we aren't good in front of goal, it's clear that we're failing to hit the target.'