Thursday, March 30

The squad is clear: “Against Espanyol you have to win whatever it takes”

Pedro Bigas, who reappeared against Rayo after a month injured by a partial tear of the external lateral ligament of his knee, is aware that the clash against the Catalan team will be “very complicated”, but assures that “the three points they have to stay in Elche whatever it is ». For this, the defender considers it necessary to “improve” things and “polish” the mistakes made against Rayo in order to win the parakeet.

Bigas points out that he was well on his reappearance, although he admits that in the last minutes he suffered from “fatigue” due to the lack of rhythm and after being away from the pitch for so long.

«The rhythm is caught by playing. I have been standing for more than a month and a knee injury is always complicated. But the most important thing is that throughout this time of rehabilitation I have not thought about her “, says the central franjiverde.

The Mallorcan footballer knows that the defeat in Vallecas has also hurt a lot among the fans, but he asks for “tranquility” and confidence from the fans “because there is plenty of equipment to get this out and we are showing it,” he says.

For his part, the captain, Gonzalo Verdú, regretted that “after coming out strong, matching the intensity of Rayo and getting ahead, we did not know how to take advantage of the advantage that Lucas Boyé’s goal gave us.”

For the Cartagena defender, the key to the meeting in Vallecas was not knowing how to “select long possessions and manage the minutes” in which they were ahead on the scoreboard.

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Verdú assures that the defeat against Rayo “does not change anything” the situation of the team, but it does ask to “analyze, correct mistakes and improve” in order to beat Espanyol on Saturday.

The franjiverde center-back is confident that in the clash against the Barcelona team, which will be the first without capacity restrictions at the Martínez Valero, he will overturn with the team. «We play before our people, who are part of us and they will help us. We have to add the three points to be able to stay in a comfortable position, like the one we had until now and away from the relegation places ».


The Elche footballers carried out recovery training yesterday morning at the Díez Iborra field of the Juan Ángel Romero Sports City, which, as usual, was very soft for the players who played the entire match in Vallecas and a little more intense for those who did not do it or only took to the field in the last minutes.

The squad will have a rest day this Tuesday and as of Wednesday it will be time to start preparing more intensively for the clash against Espanyol.

Fran Escribá has designed three sessions, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, all of them, starting at 10:30 in the morning, at the Díez Iborra field.

Without stepping on the Martínez Valero

In principle, according to the work plan offered by the Elche club, the French-green footballers will not set foot on the Martínez Valero stadium turf until the same day of the match against Espanyol, due to the replanting of the grass after the last stake at home against Celta.

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However, it is not ruled out that on Saturday morning a brief activation training is carried out and at that moment they could have a first contact with the grass to see how it is and be able to adapt a little faster than the Spanish footballers .

After Saturday’s session, the Elche players will gather at the Milenio hotel to eat together, rest and listen to Escribá’s technical talk until an hour and a half before the game they go to the stadium.

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