Tuesday, May 17

The three faces of the verb fail


Without a starting goalkeeper, with the defense in the box and only one victory as a visitor

The group that Manolo Díaz now directs treads quicksand. Condemned to seek permanence in the third category of national football by the most difficult path, today he has the opportunity to add the first three points in that pilgrimage. He will do it in La Nucía, which has only obtained two victories at home, but without its starting goalkeeper (Falcón is out due to hamstring problems) and without right backs. Yesterday, in the last training session (always according to the club), Javi Pérez fell, who joins Raúl Ruiz as a member of the illustrious blue and white infirmary from which, luckily, Pedro Sánchez leaves, hopefully definitely.

Without natural substitutes (Víctor Maffeo, from the subsidiary, saw the fifth yellow last week and cannot play), Manolo Díaz must improvise a tenant for the right-hand flank of the rear. Tano Bonnín and Jesús Alfaro have already performed that task in their careers with mixed luck. Moving the Spanish-Dominican to the side forces the inclusion of two under-23s, Romain and Teo, as centrals. Delaying the Huelva midfielder to give him all the lane is the other alternative that the Madrid coach manages.


The second worst team at home needs to win at home

La Nucía’s coach César Ferrando.

The rojillo team comes to this derby in sixth position, with twenty points, four behind their rival today, and with one income on the places that condemn them to contest the relegation phase. At this juncture, victory is the only way to guarantee permanence, something that falls short of an entity that has made a significant investment in transfers.

Coach César Ferrando is clear about what his dressing room needs: «We need to win and we are prepared to do so. If we play seriously and calmly, we do not make mistakes in defense and we take advantage of the chances, we will win the victory ».

With the dismissal of José Más due to suspension and José Manuel Hermosa due to injury, La Nucía should today line up Óscar Fornés, Prats, Neftalí, Pajarero, Kevin Toner, Pina, Tavares, Miñano, Javi Cabezas, Mariano Sanz and Cristian Agüero.

Anything that is not a victory gets the Marina Baja team in trouble, which will depend on what their immediate pursuers do to know why they will fight in the second phase, whether to reach the bad call so far Liga Pro or not to fall to the fifth category of Spanish football, a disaster with capital letters.


The fight begins to avoid relegation, without Toché (injured) and without Marí (sanctioned)

Orihuela coach Gerard Albadalejo with Cubillo in the background. | ALEX DOMÍNGUEZ

With the dismissal of Gerard Albadalejo and the return of José Antonio Rodríguez “Machuca” to the bench, the yellow team want to force a change of dynamics after almost four months without winning. Condemned to the relegation phase, the Oriolano team intends to reach that tragic league in the best possible disposition.

The Oriolano coach assumes this new stage at the head of the entity with 68 years and “all the illusion in the world.” The key to the reaction of his team is knowing “to enhance our virtues, we have them,” says Machuca. For this match against Atlético Levante, Orihuela has the casualties of Toché, due to injury, and that of the Hércules youth squad Miguel Marí, due to suspension. Redemption begins today, but it is impossible for everyone to win.


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