Tuesday, September 21

Elche wants to take advantage of Granada’s “UEFA virus” tomorrow

Alcoy footballer Jorge Molina during Thursday’s game with Granada against PAOK.

It promises to be a duel of great intensity tomorrow (18.30) at the Martínez Valero between Elche and Granada. Old acquaintances who meet again in the highest category in search of three points of great importance for both teams. The Andalusian team could not put all their senses until yesterday in the league match, since on Thursday they faced a vital meeting in the Europa League in the field of Greek PAOK. In the end they drew without goals, which is why in their debut in this tournament they go to the round of 32 as second in Group E behind PSV Eindhoven. Granada already had their participation assured but they played with starting footballers, which may make the fatigue of the Andalusians one of the elements that Elche has in favor in tomorrow’s match.

Diego Martínez, Granada coach, used some starters who could play for Martínez such as Luis Milla (75 minutes), Jorge Molina (90 minutes) or Antonio Puertas (90 minutes). Later, in the second half, regular starters such as Luis Suárez, Darwin Machís, Carlos Nova or Roberto Soldado played. In addition to the fatigue of the trip, they arrived Thursday morning and will only have two training sessions to prepare for the game against Elche, which is also at home.

Elche midfielder Raúl Guti is clear that Granada can be hurt as they have accumulated many games in a short time this season. «I expect a difficult game, like everyone in this category. We have the advantage that they have played many games in just a few weeks and you don’t want the fatigue to show. We can hurt them »explained the Aragonese player.

“We have to make ourselves strong at home and get all the possible points,” said Raúl Guti, who did not grant excessive importance to the fact that Elche, despite their comfortable position in the table, added five consecutive days without winning. The midfielder praised the professionalism of the coaching staff led by Jorge Almirón and warned of the danger of the Colombian striker from Granada, Luis Suárez, with whom he coincided at Zaragoza and who said that “it is difficult to defend because he is fast, strong and powerful” . “We are good on defense and we have to stop it because space is a complicated player,” said the Elche player.

For his part, the Granada footballer from Alicante, Jorge Molina, believes that the Andalusian team “has already overcome” everything that surrounded the LaLiga Santander match against Real Sociedad in San Sebastián, which he described as “abnormal because it does not enter in the normal nor the logical of a league ».

“The team’s version has been very good in Europe, I’m sure the team is going to go further again and everything is going to be phenomenal,” added the rojiblanco striker.

After the good meeting held by the Elche team last Sunday in Villarreal, Almirón recovers Lucas Boyé, after serving his penalty game, and has the dilemma of keeping the same team or putting the Argentine forward on the bench, something that he has not happened during this season provided he has been in good physical condition. In the absence of Boyé, Almirón opted in the La Cerámica stadium for Pere Milla as the only offensive reference and placed Josan on the right wing and Tete Morente on the left. In addition, Fidel played as a third midfielder alongside Marcone. The Huelva-born player convinced him in that demarcation and helped a lot when it came to keeping the ball, so everything indicates that he will continue in that position. Faced with this situation, if Lucas Boyé regains his position Almirón will have to initially dispense with Milla, Morente or Josan.


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