Two weeks after the stoppage for the national teams, Elche resumed LaLiga Santander on Saturday in the renovated Ciutat de València against the Levante UD with the objective of get the permanence on track in this final stretch of 2020, in which it will be measured with three direct rivals for salvation (the granotas, Cádiz the following Saturday and Osasuna) and four others from a higher step in the table (Villarreal, Granada, Atlético and Real Madrid to close the year at great in the Martínez Valero). The calendar of these last 40 days of the year will be completed in mid-December, on a date yet to be specified, with the dispute of the first round of the Copa del Rey in the field of the modest Buñol of Preferred Regional.
The franjiverde team arrives this weekend to the first quarter of the competition on the tenth day (although they have postponed the first two with very difficult visits to Barcelona and Sevilla) with very good feelings at the start, despite their status as a recent promoted with the lowest salary limit in the category (34.5 million euros) and the handicap that meant finishing the previous campaign later than any other team (on August 23 with the promotion in Girona) and thoroughly renewing the dressing room and the coaching staff with the arrival of 14 signings and the new coach, Argentine Jorge Almirón.
With a lot of commitment from the whole group and the great contribution of the block of players who achieved the promotion, Elche faces this final stretch of the year with a comfortable income of five points on the descent and in the middle of the classification after adding 11 points in seven games (three wins and two draws). The Elche team has competed face to face with their direct rivals for the permanence of triumphs in Eibar and Vitoria against Alavés and draws at home against Huesca and Celta) and allowed themselves the luxury of beating a great at home like Valencia (2-1). His greatest difficulties were spent against teams from the noble zone such as Real Sociedad and with European aspirations such as Betis with defeats by 0-3 and 3-1, in which the good competitive level shown in this return to the elite fell. .
The calendar is once again benevolent with Elche to end November against two direct rivals for permanence, Levante and Cádiz, as much as the Andalusian team, also recently promoted, has been one of the sensations of the championship and is the best visitor with four wins and a single loss in his first five outings. Of course, tomorrow’s rival (14.00) in the Ciutat de València will receive the franjiverdes in a state of emergency, since those of Paco López occupy relegation place with six points in eight games after chaining six days without winning. A new setback for the Granotas this Saturday could turn on all the alarms in Orriols and the Elche team must try to take advantage of this situation of need for Levante to score and continue to maintain distances with the danger zone of the classification.
After the duel in Valencia and the following Saturday (again at home at 2:00 pm) against Cádiz of the sanctioned Álvaro Cervera, Almirón’s team will face a particular “December slope” against three European competition teams and located in the peloton at the top of the table: visits to Villarreal and Atlético de Madrid on matchdays 12 and 14 and a home game between the two outings with Granada, a bitter rival of the franjiverdes, which is fifth in the league and maintains a very good track record in the European League.
The last month of the year will be especially intense because the franjiverdes will then receive Osasuna on the eve of Christmas Eve on Thursday 24th during the week and will also say goodbye to 2020 at the Martínez Valero seven days later, also during the week, against Real Madrid in the 16th day. With the “aperitif” of the first round, he takes a cup against the modest Buñol, the Elche calendar in this final stretch of the year becomes a roller coaster of demands and emotions against rivals for salvation and others of a higher level, in which Almirón’s team has the challenge of maintaining its good performance from this start and trying to enter the new year with the permanence on track. Big words.
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