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De La Paz: “I Want To Take Every Opportunity”

7 September 2018

Goalkeeper Zeus De La Paz says he wants to grasp every chance he may get this season while Daniel Iversen is away on International duty.

De La Paz stepped in for Iversen on Tuesday night and could potentially be drafted into the team a few more times this season when the International break comes around.

“It's a big chance for me and I've got to take every opportunity I get, I know he's (Iversen) going to be away a couple more times this season, so I just have to work hard for my chance and do what I have to do to get that opportunity.” He said.

“I found it wonderful on Tuesday, I felt great, the atmosphere was great, the fans were great, and the team were great, I really enjoyed it and I want to have more of it.”

Despite being back up during his time at the club, De La Paz says he’s always ready to step in if called upon for whatever reason.

“I don’t really change my preparation for a game whether I'm playing or not because I'm always prepared.” He commented.

“Anything can happen whether it be the first minute or last, it happens in football, so you have to be ready and prepared for that moment.”

Despite being in effectively a competition for the number one shirt with Iversen, De La Paz says they share a strong relationship.

“He's a good lad and we get along well, he's done great for us so far and saved us a couple of points, so I can't take that away from him, but I like working with him.”

“He likes to have a nibble at me in training and talk, but I give it back so it's a good relationship and it’s all good fun.”

De La Paz is also looking at the bigger picture in the hope he can follow in Gevaro Nepomuceno’s footsteps into the Curaçao national team.

“Curaçao have a great first team goalkeeper, but I'm younger than him by a few years, so I think I’m one for the future.

“I just want to get games in, so I can be ready for anything if something happens and I get a call up, which is the same with Oldham, if anything happens I just want to be ready.”

Latics take on Newport County AFC this Saturday in a top of the table clash and De La Paz excepts a tough test from the Welsh side who currently sit second in the table.

“It's going to be a big game which we'll have to graft for and put a good shift in, so we'll see what happens and hopefully we'll get the win, it's what we're working for, but it'll be tough.”


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