The day dawned yesterday with surprise in Elche. When everything was going normally on the eve of the momentous match against Osasuna and Almirón was expected at his traditional press conference, the news emerged. The technician did not appear and instead it was Jesús Muñoz who sat before the microphones. The Argentine coach tested positive for Covid and will not sit on the bench this afternoon although he is awaiting the result of a second PCR that they performed on him.
Also Christian Bragarnik, owner of Elche, tested positive in the first test and is awaiting a second. The Argentine was watching the match against Atlético at the Wanda Metropolitano after returning from Argentina.
Thus, the press conference prior to the game against Osasuna was held by the second coach, Jesús Muñoz, who already led the team on the first day of the championship against Real Sociedad when Almirón still did not have the license to train.
«We are direct rivals and we come from not good dynamics. We both want to break that streak and it would be very important for us to achieve it, “said the coach. Muñoz said that Almirón is “well and asymptomatic” and acknowledged that the positive of the Argentine has been “a setback” in the preparation of the match.
«He has broken our routine. Hopefully it is negative in the second test and can be with us, “added the Cuenca coach, who said that the Elche players are” aware and eager “to overcome Osasuna.
The coach defended that the sensations offered by Elche, beyond the results, are “good” and added that the entire team was aware that these “crucial” moments were going to come. “All teams go through these streaks. It has happened to Levante or Getafe, but we would not like to make this situation normal, ”insisted Muñoz, who gave no clues about possible casualties or changes in the line-up.
Questioned by the mood of the group after almost two months without winning and already touching the relegation zone, the coach defended that Elche is a “humble” team that has shown “desire to compete”. “The current situation should not hurt us. We have to face each game as if it were the last », explained Muñoz, who praised the work carried out by Jagoba Arrasate during his stay on the bench for the Navarrese team.
For his part, the coach of Club Atlético Osasuna, Jagoba Arrasate, pointed out in the face of the match against Elche that his team must recover “sensations, identity and solidity” to become recognizable again.
Osasuna travels to Elche with “enthusiasm” in the midst of a “bad dynamic” to “compensate” for the previous days with the clear objective of “being recognizable” and thus dedicate a victory to a hobby who are giving “love to the team.”
Despite remaining two-thirds of the season, the last two games of the year will serve to see “if we get hooked or we get off the hook. We want the first, but beyond winning we must think about what we have to do to make the team work and thus be closer to winning »
“It is a different game, with a dynamic rival to change the drawing,” explained Arrasate at a press conference about an Elche who likes to take the “initiative in their own field, so we must press them.”
For the Basque, the Elche is a “recently promoted team that is having a great season. He risks the ball out because he likes to have it. Squeeze well and in transitions it can hurt as well as having different registers to play differently in the same match. “Lately they are scoring us easily and we cannot go to an average of three goals conceded per game. The team got ten points at the beginning and was reliable. We have shown it and we have to recover it, so it is time to demand Osasuna ”, said Arrasate about the last defensive errors that have cost them points.
Duel on high
Real Sociedad and Atlético de Madrid, the two teams that have succeeded each other in the leadership of LaLiga Santander during the first leg of the championship, meet today at the Reale Arena (7:45 pm / Movistar LaLiga) in a high-altitude duel in which the Donostiarras hope to redirect their path after two defeats and the rojiblancos, reaffirm themselves at the top of the table. Atlético faces a new meeting at the top, in which ‘Cholo’ will try to add his 300th triumph as rojiblanco coach. The emotion is served.
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