Monday, May 23

The leader rules out rotating in Alicante and will seek to seal the first position

Ibiza's coach, Juan Carlos Carcedo, last Sunday in the match against Mestalla.  |  DIARY OF IBIZA

Ibiza’s coach, Juan Carlos Carcedo, last Sunday in the match against Mestalla. | DIARY OF IBIZA

Although he is already mathematically classified for the second phase, the Ibiza leader does not slacken or relax and warns that he faces his visit tomorrow (12.00) to Hercules with the intention of maintaining his good line and seeking victory “because the objective is to finish first with the maximum possible points ». This was announced yesterday by Juan Carlos Carcedo, coach of the team that is the great sensation of the bronze category and who will secure the first place in group 3B of Segunda B if he wins at Rico Pérez, “a perfect and very large field for practice good football and win.

With 10 victories, three draws and only one defeat (against Alcoyano) in the 14 games played, Carcedo ruled out making rotations at Rico Pérez and stressed that they still do not think about the second phase “because each game is important, given that the points They drag themselves to the next one and our intention is to continue our good dynamics. The coach confirmed that they only have for tomorrow the withdrawal of forward Ylias, called up with the Moroccan U-20 team, after recovering the right back Fran Grima, who could not play due to injury last Sunday in the victory against Valencia-Mestalla ( 3-0).

The Ibiza coach will try to take advantage of the “circumstances” affecting Hercules “with several managerial changes”, after the departure of coaches David Cubillo and Alejandro Esteve and the arrival on the bench two weeks ago of Manolo Díaz. “It is certainly not the ideal situation for Hercules,” he said, “but I am convinced that the players will try to please their new coach, who is a renowned coach and will force us to do our best to achieve victory.”

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The Ibiza coach is expecting a Hercules “who is trying to change his way of playing and his mentality with the new coach because the games are over and they need victory.” Carcedo believes that the Alicante team will play more attacking tomorrow than in previous matches and recalls that in the first round match the Blue and White team “created many difficulties for us and even had a chance to win”, although in the end it was the Balearic Islands who prevailed. at the last moment with a goal from Davo that marked Hercules’ first defeat (1-0) of the season.

The coach of the celestial team acknowledged that they face tomorrow’s game in Alicante as a demanding test and a rehearsal of what the decisive matches of the next phases in the fight for promotion to professional football can be. “Yes it serves us,” he clarified, “because we are two teams with potential and aspirations in a perfect field and on a very good day to play football, which will allow us to confront and see situations that do not occur in other smaller fields and with other playing fields ».

Regarding the outcome of this first phase in the fight for promotion, Carcedo believes that Hercules, Villarreal B and Alcoyano will compete until the end for second and third places, although he does not rule out that La Nucía and Peña Deportiva may get closer to the fight if they maintain a winning dynamic in the four games that remain until the end of the first league.

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