The coach of Coquimbo Unido, Juan José Ribera, He expressed his penalty this Sunday for the relegation of the ‘pirate’ team to the First B of national football, after signing a 2-2 draw in his visit to Palestinian.
The ‘aurinegro’ team lost the category as last in the tournament table with 35 points, with a record of nine wins, eight draws and 17 losses.
After the duel with the ‘Arabs’, Ribera told TNT Sports that “There is pain, but because of everything I have experienced, I am proud of my players. They always gave themselves entirely. We pay the price of representing the country well. They scheduled games for us every 2.8 days in the last stage and there are times we couldn’t even train ”.
“It would have been easy to be eliminated in the round of 16 of the South American, but we play for the effervescence of the fans, for transcending in the club, and today we are here. We apologize to the fans ”, added the ‘Coto’.
In addition, the technician of the northern cast said that “it hurts a lot to descend. We did everything humanly possible. We have many lessons to play on two fronts ”.
Who also spoke at this painful moment for the ‘pirates’ was Captain Matías Cano. “We knew that we were not dependent on us. The game reflects a little the year of Coquimbo, very protagonist and missing clear opportunities. They make us goals for neglect ”, he expressed.
“The fault lies with us, the players, who were not up to the task. That we play several games in a few days is no excuse. That the referees sometimes did not charge us for some things, is not an excuse ”, he added.
Finally, the goalkeeper indicated that “it is fair that if we are in the last place of the table we go down, we do not have to blame anyone. We must face it. Most people believe that it is all over and I believe that it is beginning. We must do a self-criticism, so that when we return the same mistakes are not repeated. We will try not to make 12 years again the nap that Coquimbo took in B, because it is a very representative club ”.