Friday, November 27

Almirón: “Elche has to feel like a protagonist and not just go out to see what happens”

Elche's Argentine coach, Jorge Almirón, during a game this season.  |  SONIA ARCOS / ECF

Elche’s Argentine coach, Jorge Almirón, during a game this season. | SONIA ARCOS / ECF

Elche’s coach Jorge Almiron He stressed that the two weeks of this second stoppage of the season for the national teams have served the franjiverde team «for the recovery of the players who dragged annoyances and for the team to have more dynamics and agility to play and move together; It is very important that colleagues work together and get to know each other so that the team grows and I hope that this Saturday we can show that improvement.

The first hiatus in mid-October was especially successful for the franjiverdes, who they returned to LaLiga in Vitoria with a clear triumph over him Alaves (0-2), in which they were much more solid and united as a team. Almirón is now confident that the improvement he has observed in these last two weeks of training for his team will be reflected this afternoon at the Ciutat de València against Levante de Paco López.

The coach acknowledged that they have worked these last 15 days with the idea that Elche have «More arrival» in his offensive game and this «More consolidated» as a team. “Every game is a final, but we have to know what to do against these rivals and feel like protagonists; not just go out and see what happens with the scoreboard; beyond the scoreboard, we have to improve, “he said.

Regarding Paco López’s Levante, Almirón believes that it is a better team than the classification says, third to last with six points and equaled with Valladolid and Huesca in the caboose. «He has had to lose against big rivals like Real Madrid [2-0], to the one who dealt with you, which speaks of the personality and of a good team with clear and consolidated ideas, which does not have great names, but has very good players and a good coach with 102 games leading Levante in the First Division », He specified.

“It is very important to add after the break due to the situation of the two teams,” Almirón stressed after the last two games without a win for Elche (home draw against Celta and defeat on the visit to Betis). “They are entrenched in the First Division and they need to get out of their current problem and from there below and we arrived in good condition,” he stressed.

The Argentine coach also congratulated himself on the possibility of having goalkeeper Edgar Badia, recovered from his blow to the hip in the match against Celta two weeks ago, and justified the delay in the Malian Yossouff Koné’s reincorporation to the Elche team by the complications the left-back has had on this “long journey” back from his country.

Elche-Granada on Sunday the 13th at 6.30pm and visit to Wanda on the 19th (2.00pm)

Elche will host Granada on the 13th matchday of the League on Sunday, December 13 at 6.30 pm, according to the schedules made public yesterday by the club’s employers’ association. A week later, on Saturday 19, the franjiverdes will visit Atlético de Madrid at 2:00 pm on the 14th day of the League, while on the 15th they will host Osasuna at the Martínez Valero on Tuesday, December 22 at 6:00 pm. No schedule has yet been set for Elche’s last game of the year at home against Real Madrid.

Paco López highlights the confidence and courage of the franjiverdes

The Levante coach, Paco López, explained yesterday that he trusts that the team will change its bad streak after six days without knowing the victory, that he feels supported by the sports management and President Quico Catalán and also notes the support of the dressing room, in addition of not seeing «far from the blocked team, but with a lot of confidence». “What is clear is that the team does many things well but to translate it into victories we still have to take another step,” said Paco López before receiving this Saturday (2:00 pm) to the franjiverde team. “Elche is a team that has started very well, that has a lot of confidence and that makes them more daring than could be expected from a team that has just risen. When a team is with that confidence and little to lose, it becomes more dangerous, “he concluded. The Levante coach insisted that these two weeks of work the team has trained “sensational and we just have to wait to translate it into results”, while clarifying that they must be “more decisive in the last meters.” In addition, Paco López assured that he notices the confidence of the leaders of the Valencian club and also of the dressing room, since last week the midfielder Gonzalo Melero commented that the squad trusts him. «There has been no concrete message. Both on the part of the sports management and on the part of the president the tuning is total and we speak as we do every week. I have not noticed anything extraordinary or anything different. We feel very supported », he stressed.

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