Oscar: Let's relish this pressure

Oscar Garcia

Oscar Garcia

First published in Sport by , Chief sports reporter

Albion boss Oscar Garcia insists he is loving the pressure of trying to reach the play-offs.

The Spaniard feels much more comfortable in the Seagulls’ position than the relegation fight facing today’s hosts Barnsley.

Albion are three points off the top six in the Championship, Barnsley three points from safety.

Maccabi Tel Aviv romped to their first Israeli title in ten years under Oscar last season. Now the former Barcelona star is relishing the close race in his first season in English football.

He told The Argus: “This pressure is lovely compared to the pressure of being involved in a relegation battle or the pressure some teams have because they have spent a lot of money.

“It’s good pressure because we can only achieve good things. The fans and the players have to enjoy it.

“The fans can be sure all the players will fight until the end of the season to pick up as many points as possible.”

Oscar expects Barnsley, boosted by successive wins, to be as hard to crack as champions-elect Leicester, who entertain Albion on Tuesday.

He said: “It’s difficult to find a team that is not involved in anything. All the games are tough, all the teams are playing for something, and no game in this league is easy.”

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7:21am Sat 5 Apr 14

Far gull says...

Thought you didn't look at the table OG you told us. Perhaps you did read my suggestion last week. Everywhere i look i see Bournmouth fans thinking they are going to get 6th. That will be a sad sign of our season imho of how we have slipped back for what ever the reasons.
Thought you didn't look at the table OG you told us. Perhaps you did read my suggestion last week. Everywhere i look i see Bournmouth fans thinking they are going to get 6th. That will be a sad sign of our season imho of how we have slipped back for what ever the reasons. Far gull
  • Score: -7

7:36am Sat 5 Apr 14

B rian Tawses left foot says...

Far gull says...

Thought you didn't look at the table OG you told us. Perhaps you did read my suggestion last week. Everywhere i look i see Bournmouth fans thinking they are going to get 6th. That will be a sad sign of our season imho of how we have slipped back for what ever the reasons.

Nonsense. It will be an indicator of how far Bournemouth have progressed under their excellent young manager.
Far gull says... Thought you didn't look at the table OG you told us. Perhaps you did read my suggestion last week. Everywhere i look i see Bournmouth fans thinking they are going to get 6th. That will be a sad sign of our season imho of how we have slipped back for what ever the reasons. Nonsense. It will be an indicator of how far Bournemouth have progressed under their excellent young manager. B rian Tawses left foot
  • Score: -3

8:00am Sat 5 Apr 14

JeffLomer says...

let's see were these remaining games gets us in the league, to me especially on here some fans in my opinion are expecting or insisting we make the playoffs in Oscars first season in charge, to me its all about progress yes we made playoffs under Gus, that was his second season in championship,
Take one game at a time it's not the end off the world if we don't make it, give Oscar time to build his own team to take us to the promise land,
See you Barnsley lads !!!!
let's see were these remaining games gets us in the league, to me especially on here some fans in my opinion are expecting or insisting we make the playoffs in Oscars first season in charge, to me its all about progress yes we made playoffs under Gus, that was his second season in championship, Take one game at a time it's not the end off the world if we don't make it, give Oscar time to build his own team to take us to the promise land, See you Barnsley lads !!!! JeffLomer
  • Score: 8

8:21am Sat 5 Apr 14

B rian Tawses left foot says...

JeffLomer says...

let's see were these remaining games gets us in the league, to me especially on here some fans in my opinion are expecting or insisting we make the playoffs in Oscars first season in charge, to me its all about progress yes we made playoffs under Gus, that was his second season in championship,
Take one game at a time it's not the end off the world if we don't make it, give Oscar time to build his own team to take us to the promise land,
See you Barnsley lads !!!!

Spot on ! The time to judge OG will be next season when he has brought in his own players, got rid of those he doesn't want and has got the squad he wants playing the way wants. Those calling for his head presumably would like to emulate Fulham - three managers in a season and still bottom !
Of course many of the 'sack Oscar' brigade hanker after Gus. Would that be the same Gus who has taken Sunderland precisely one place off the bottom in six months? If albion had gone up under him they'd be where Sunderland are now. The guy will never be a premiership manager all the time he has a hole in his backside.
JeffLomer says... let's see were these remaining games gets us in the league, to me especially on here some fans in my opinion are expecting or insisting we make the playoffs in Oscars first season in charge, to me its all about progress yes we made playoffs under Gus, that was his second season in championship, Take one game at a time it's not the end off the world if we don't make it, give Oscar time to build his own team to take us to the promise land, See you Barnsley lads !!!! Spot on ! The time to judge OG will be next season when he has brought in his own players, got rid of those he doesn't want and has got the squad he wants playing the way wants. Those calling for his head presumably would like to emulate Fulham - three managers in a season and still bottom ! Of course many of the 'sack Oscar' brigade hanker after Gus. Would that be the same Gus who has taken Sunderland precisely one place off the bottom in six months? If albion had gone up under him they'd be where Sunderland are now. The guy will never be a premiership manager all the time he has a hole in his backside. B rian Tawses left foot
  • Score: 0

9:15am Sat 5 Apr 14

Albion In Staffs says...

B rian Tawses left foot wrote:
JeffLomer says...

let's see were these remaining games gets us in the league, to me especially on here some fans in my opinion are expecting or insisting we make the playoffs in Oscars first season in charge, to me its all about progress yes we made playoffs under Gus, that was his second season in championship,
Take one game at a time it's not the end off the world if we don't make it, give Oscar time to build his own team to take us to the promise land,
See you Barnsley lads !!!!

Spot on ! The time to judge OG will be next season when he has brought in his own players, got rid of those he doesn't want and has got the squad he wants playing the way wants. Those calling for his head presumably would like to emulate Fulham - three managers in a season and still bottom !
Of course many of the 'sack Oscar' brigade hanker after Gus. Would that be the same Gus who has taken Sunderland precisely one place off the bottom in six months? If albion had gone up under him they'd be where Sunderland are now. The guy will never be a premiership manager all the time he has a hole in his backside.
Not sure I agree with your final assessment on Gus, but I do on all else. OG didn't have a full summer to assess and amend and, as I've said in the past, those who've arrived since, have essentially been hole fillers. Making a change is a ridiculous notion as it would mean another season like this one. The Back room staff would change, general thinking would change and the squad would become even more out of step as a consequence. Stability is key. Give him time.
[quote][p][bold]B rian Tawses left foot[/bold] wrote: JeffLomer says... let's see were these remaining games gets us in the league, to me especially on here some fans in my opinion are expecting or insisting we make the playoffs in Oscars first season in charge, to me its all about progress yes we made playoffs under Gus, that was his second season in championship, Take one game at a time it's not the end off the world if we don't make it, give Oscar time to build his own team to take us to the promise land, See you Barnsley lads !!!! Spot on ! The time to judge OG will be next season when he has brought in his own players, got rid of those he doesn't want and has got the squad he wants playing the way wants. Those calling for his head presumably would like to emulate Fulham - three managers in a season and still bottom ! Of course many of the 'sack Oscar' brigade hanker after Gus. Would that be the same Gus who has taken Sunderland precisely one place off the bottom in six months? If albion had gone up under him they'd be where Sunderland are now. The guy will never be a premiership manager all the time he has a hole in his backside.[/p][/quote]Not sure I agree with your final assessment on Gus, but I do on all else. OG didn't have a full summer to assess and amend and, as I've said in the past, those who've arrived since, have essentially been hole fillers. Making a change is a ridiculous notion as it would mean another season like this one. The Back room staff would change, general thinking would change and the squad would become even more out of step as a consequence. Stability is key. Give him time. Albion In Staffs
  • Score: 4

11:38am Sat 5 Apr 14

Neville says...

Oscar if you want to stay in contention then you have to be more attack minded,go for it,2 wingers and Lingard close to Ulloa up front.............bu
t don't hold your breath.
Oscar if you want to stay in contention then you have to be more attack minded,go for it,2 wingers and Lingard close to Ulloa up front.............bu t don't hold your breath. Neville
  • Score: 2

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