Alcoyano has starred in a January to frame that has catapulted him to fame, especially after his victory against Real Madrid in the Cup. From stage to stage, Vicente Parras’ team has gone in an intense month that has unleashed euphoria in the fans of El Collao. The Blue and Whites have had joy both in Second B and in the Cup with a daring model of a very vertical game without neglecting a defense that is getting better and better with quality centers like Raúl and Primi.
Of the seven games Alcoyano has played in January, only one draw against Hercules has escaped at Rico Pérez and one defeat in the round of 16 against Athletic who had to suffer until the end at El Collao to get the go to the next round. Everything else has been victories, including this Sunday in the fiefdom of Ibiza, the leader of the category and so far the only undefeated team in the category. The victory has placed the Alcoyanista team in second position in the table, cutting points from the leader and the classification on track for Second Pro, the Blue and Whites’ main objective.
Mestalla, Orihuela, Ibiza, Huesca and Real Madrid have been the victims of an Alcoyano that this month has combined the League and the Cup without affecting its performance as if it were a great. For history the tie against Huesca, the first First Division team that visited El Collao this year will remain. It was the first game after the long Christmas holidays and the uncertainty was great. Alcoyano came from a winning inertia but a long time had passed and not even Parras knew how the team could respond. The team faced a rival who was having a bad time in the League but with a budget of the highest category. After moving ahead Mourad, one of the great offensive references of the team, the Huesca team tied and when the match seemed doomed to overtime Moltó materialized the surprise at El Collao.
It was the beginning of a month that Alcoyano will never forget. He has only conceded one goal in the league. Great security that provides the defense and a José Juan who is in a sweet moment of his career at 41 years old. The Alcoyano goalkeeper rose to the top of the game against Real Madrid with an exhibition under the sticks before Juanan scored the winning goal in extra time that the local team faced with one less after the expulsion of Ramón López. New joy just four days before playing the derby against Orihuela, another commitment of great demand that Alcoyano also took out with solvency without accusing fatigue in the legs. Without rest, he had to receive a visit from an Athletic, current champion of the Super Cup and who also had to suffer in El Collao. Marcelino had to take out all his artillery to avoid the same fate as Huesca and Real Madrid.
To end a glorious month, Alcoyano caused Ibiza’s first defeat this season and, incidentally, second in the standings.
Vicente Parras is clear that the team has earned the right “to dream.” “With the fatigue accumulated in January and after being eliminated against Athletic, the team could have taken this visit (Ibiza) in a different way but the competitive gene of this squad is incredible,” explained the Alcoyano coach. «The twenty-two points put us in an ideal position and close to the twenty-six or twenty-seven that we think will allow us to dream. We are getting closer and closer but we have to be careful, the team today and tomorrow has deserved to rest and from Wednesday on we will think about Villarreal B, who already showed us in the first round that they will not be an easy rival, “concluded Parras, always With your feet on the ground.
A dream month starring Alcoyano, a very solid team, hard-working and with enormous ambition in each game. A demanding Villarreal B awaits on Sunday, fourth in the table.
Almería-Sevilla, first quarterfinal match in the KO tournament
Sevilla faces today at the Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos (9:00 p.m. / Four and DAZN) their elimination to a single match in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey against Almería, the only survivor of LaLiga SmartBank and who will seek to leave another First for the way. Those of Julen Lopetegui will try to take advantage of the inertia in LaLiga Santander, where they occupy the last of the positions of access to the ‘Champions’ and are the second least thrashed team (16) after Atlético (10). With their triumph this weekend in Eibar (0-2), they now add three consecutive victories and have 39 points, only one Barça. In the Cup, they did not hesitate in their round of 16 duel against Valencia at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán (3-0).
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.