Saturday, December 5

Elche has added half of the points played and does not fail against direct rivals

The franjiverde Pere Milla fights with Campaña on Saturday.

The franjiverde Pere Milla fights with Campaña on Saturday.

Elche continues for another week in a comfortable position in the middle of the standings. The franjiverdes are fulfilling a good note in their return to the First Division and in the first eight games they have added half of the points played. The people of Elche accumulate three victories: Eibar, Alavés and Valencia, three draws: Huesca, Celta and Levante and only two defeats: Real Sociedad and Betis.

If Almirón’s team is able to maintain this progression, at the end of the season he would reach 57, which would mean being in the upper-middle zone of the table. However, that is going to be very difficult, because he still has to face most of the “cockerels” in the category.

Anyway, Elche is achieving a good point cushion in the first part of the competition, which will come in handy in the event of a losing streak.

The most important and hopeful data is that the franjiverdes have not yet failed against their direct rivals in the fight for salvation. The people of Elche have been able to win at home against Eibar and Alavés and in games that they could have lost, such as those that faced Huesca, Celta and the past against Levante at home, they have been able to achieve, at least , a draw, which has prevented the opponents from closing the gap.

This situation has led Elche, after the first eight games, to maintain a five-point advantage with the relegation positions. A considerable distance, especially taking into account that Almirón’s team has postponed the games of the first two days, in which they had to have measured Barcelona and Sevilla. In addition, there is the curious circumstance that the franjiverdes are ahead of the azulgranas in the classification, with one more point.

There is a long way to go and next Saturday (2 pm), at the Martínez Valero, in front of Cádiz, That yesterday lost in Carranza against the leader, Real Sociedad, the people of Elche have a great opportunity to continue maintaining their cushion of points, even surpass the Cadiz in the classification, who are being, together with Elche, other revelations of the championship .

The important thing in these moments is to keep calm and keep your feet on the ground, as Almirón acknowledged after the match against Levante when he was asked if the goal was something more than permanence after the good start of the League that his team is starring in. The Argentine coach was blunt and pointed out that “the only objective is to rest well and prepare for the next game against Cádiz, which is another direct rival. Every game is very important to us. We are newly promoted and we have to face them all as if they were finals.

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