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Hinchas y Jugadores - Lugo with Melch (19th May, 2017)

Melch is a La Voz de Galicia contributor - he writes a weekly article about Lugo for them. Follow Melch on Twitter here

How long have you been a fan of Lugo and what made you support them in the first place?

I'm a Lugo native so I can proudly say that I've been supporter since I was a child. I am a member of the team since 1996. I am an elementary teacher but I am devoted to sports. I used to be an athlete until 23 and then a track and field coach. During the last 2 years I worked in Oklahoma city as a teacher so I can tell perfectly how hard is to watch games of your team with so many hours of delay. My weekends in the US were planned depending on the date Lugo could play. So this year I came back to my home city and I am living the experience of watching soccer again and I am enjoying this a lot!

Generally speaking people in Spain only support Madrid or Barcelona. I hate that - when you live in a small town you should be supporting your home town team!

Given the transfer windows and the squad that was assembled at the start of the season, is Lugo where you want it to be?

Lugo is doing well this season. Given that it is a small sized town and with a small budget, remaining in the league for the next season is always the main goal. Nowadays we still have a chance to enter into the playoff spots to get promoted to the first division so I guess that the team is doing really well.

Of the signings made this season, which one worked out the best/had the most impact and why?

From the signings Alfonso Pedraza was the best. He was loaned from Villarreal but unfortunately in the winter transfer window they sent him to Leeds United. We miss him a lot. Calavera on loan from Eibar is doing a stunning job given that he is only 21. And finally Marcelo Djaló and Ignasi Miquel are excellent central backs and have made the defense really strong.

What are the strengths and weaknesses of Lugo this season? Any standout players?

Strengths mainly the style of football they use, touching the ball and trying to display an interesting game. Weaknesses maybe that they are very predictable and soft when facing bad issues.

Joselu is the standout player. Best scorer in the league. He is supposed to play for Málaga next season...

List some things you appreciate and some things you can’t stand about the club management.

The owner is currently in his 3 year. He bought the club and he is very impulsive. 3 coaches and 3 managers! When he bought us he told us he planned for the long term. Obviously this is not happening.

What has the mood among the fans been during the campaign? Do you generally agree/disagree with them?

People are satisfied because playing in this league is more than enough. Now that we are only 4 points behind the PO positions we are excited!

Are there any talented youngsters at the club that you expect to have a big future?

No youngsters - we have just started developing young teams so it is not possible to have any prospect.

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