UD Las Palmas coach Paco Jémez was very satisfied with the performance of his side in their 1-1 draw against league leaders Barcelona
Las Palmas have had a difficult season and are in danger from being regulated from what is their first spell in the top tier league in Spain with the side currently in 18th place. However, heading into the match against Barcelona at their Gran Canaria stadium, they had enjoyed a better run of form of late and had kept 3 clean sheets in their past 4 matches.
A Lionel Messi free-kick in the 21st minute of the match appeared to have consigned Las Palmas to their expected fate. However, shortly after the break, they were awarded a rather controversial penalty when the ball struck Lucas Digne on the arm.
Jonathan Calleri then scored for the hosts from the penalty spot to give his side a share of the points. Despite Barcelona’s best efforts, Las Palmas held on and secured a surprise point.
Afterwards, Jémez could not contain his satisfaction with both the result and how his side performed throughout the difficult encounter.
“I take lots of positives, we played as a team, and we have worked hard for eachother”. He also recognised that “ said Jémez, according to the club website.
“In attack we need to work harder because with the ball we are capable of doing more, while in defence we are looking very good indeed”.
“In defence we did do what I had planned, Barcelona didn’t create clear cut chances and that is down to the bravery of my team” he said of the few chances created by their rivals during the game.
The coach conceded that there things that to be improved on.
“I have seen great things out there tonight, and we will continue to work to improve further”. added Jémez.
Jémez also refused to discuss the controversial penalty decision that went in his side’s favour.
“I don’t talk about referees, whether they are detrimental to us or whether they benefit us”.
The result now puts Las Palmas level with 17th place Levante in the La Liga standings. They will next face Celta Vigo on Monday night.