Friday, May 27

Francisco: “This victory is a shot of strength for the team”

The Elche coach, Francisco Rodríguez, recognized in the press conference after the victory against Villarreal the moment of euphoria that his team is currently going through, after having added seven points out of the last nine possible. “This victory is a shot of strength. The weeks are being hard for everyone and every day we are more of a team, “he said.

The man from Almeria did not hold back when it came to expressing how he values ​​the good Franjiverde moment. «It’s the host, fantastic. There is a lot of League left and we have to continue improving things, being humble as we have been up to now,” he said. «What we had prepared at a tactical level we have fulfilled. We have taken away all the options for a Villarreal that had just added 13 of 15 points,” he added.

Francisco also stressed the importance of having put the padlock, one more day, on the goal defended by Edgar Badia. “It is essential to keep a clean sheet. We have six games with that balance between goals for and against, “he valued. Of course, he immediately kept his feet on the ground: «We have not achieved anything. At the moment we have 22 points and with that it is not enough for us to remain.

“The weeks have been hard for everyone and every day we are more of a team” Francisco Rodríguez, Elche CF coach


The franjiverde coach wanted to remember the players and coaches who are confined at home by covid-19, to whom he dedicated this Sunday’s victory. Among the last-minute casualties was his main assistant, Jaime Ramos, so the physical trainer Manuel Sempere was in charge of taking the lead from the bench.

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As regards what is to come, the Copa del Rey tie against Real Madrid, Francisco admitted that he will not rotate due to the current situation of the squad. “We have people with covid and possibly this week some more will fall. Those we have available will play. I’m not going to do rotations because we’re very tight, especially behind,” he said.

“Elche has come up with the perfect plan, they have deactivated us” UNAI EMERY, Villarreal coach


«My intention in the tie against Real Madrid is that we can all enjoy ourselves. We will try to get through, but we know it will be difficult, “added the Elche coach, who will be waiting for a possible negative from the players who are currently at home to be able to count on them on Thursday. The last casualty could be the central defender Enzo Roco, who felt an overload in his calf during the warm-up and fell out of the starting eleven.

Finally, Francisco reviewed the news of the winter market of his team. «Benedetto can leave soon. He has been honest and had some muscle problem, “he commented on the striker’s progress. At the moment, the man from Almería admitted that he prefers to reinforce other positions before attacking and that the club works calmly to get the best possible signings.

“The win shows the work we’ve been doing, although without results” LUCAS BOYÉ, Elche CF forward


the best of the match

8. Gumbau: Each party is more consolidated

Another remarkable performance to confirm his great moment. Decisive in the 1-0 action with his assistance. He celebrated with claw.

6. EDGAR BADIA: Relatively quiet day in the cage

He didn’t have much work. Concentrate on the exits. Something was lost on Yeremi’s arrival, but he reacted to save her.

6. BARRAGÁN: Well back and hard in attack

He suffered less than expected from his attackers. He joined the offensive phase several times, taking out good centers. complied.

8. GONZALO VERDÚ: He carried out several important actions

He entered the team at the last minute due to Roco’s injury. Yellow very early, despite this he cut a lot of dangerous plays.

7. DIEGO GONZÁLEZ: Impeccable, above and below

Great performance after coming back from suspension. His last mistake did not weigh him down. He annulled Gerard Moreno. Imperial in the air game.

6. MOJICA: Without so much brilliance, he closed his band well

It felt less loose than usual. In defense he fulfilled note. He had a mishap in the second half that he did not notice.

6. TETE MORENTE: With an extra speed point

Faster than Estupiñán in several actions. He narrowly missed a good ball in the small area in the first half.

7. OMAR MASCARELL: Leader in the organization of the team

Another day at a good level. Very well blended with Gumbau. No nerves when it comes to holding the ball.

5. PERE MILLA: Effortful, although it was not his best day

He didn’t have much work. Concentrate on the exits. Something was lost on Yeremi’s arrival, but he reacted to save her.

5. LUCAS PÉREZ: Another game with a scoring drought

Gray performance. He was seen more protesting than arriving in the area. Too long without seeing a door. Supplied by Boyé.

5. CARRILLO: He has earned stripes with Francisco

Difficult game for a striker like him. The coach gave him confidence, keeping him for 90 minutes. He fought what came.

The bench

BOYE: He came back, saw and scored. The best way to overcome covid and injury

JOSAN: Helped back and fast up

MARCONE: No time

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