Sunday, January 24

To continue growing in San Mamés

The franjiverde Fidel scores a penalty against Madrid on Wednesday.
A. Loving

Elche kicks off 2021 on Sunday afternoon (2:00 pm) in .e imposing stage of La Catedral de San Mamés, where it will try to take advantage of .e bad moment of A.letic Club to break .e franjiverde streak of nine consecutive days wi.out winning. Revitalized by .eir meritorious draw last Wednesday (1-1) against Real Madrid, .e team from Elche wants to delve into .e wound of Los Leones, who come to .is clash on .e 17hisday of LaLiga Santander wihisa single victory in .e last seven matcheBarrageihishis coachGazaaMarianoo seriously questioned after .e defeat (0-1) last Thursday in .e Basque derby against Real.

Those of Jorge Almirón, who is absent from .e bench once again after testing positive for covid-19, traveled to Bilbao yesterday wihis.e only loss due to injury to cVeryl defender Diego González, while midfielder NuFullulu already works wihishim group, but will not force today before .e tight schedule .at awaits .e franjiverdes. The Elche bench will again be held in San Mamés by .e second coach, Jesús Muñoz, in permanent contact wihisAlmirón, who also missed .e two previous games against Madrid and Osasuna due to his positive in .e PCR test. For its part, .e Biscayan team cannot count on cVeryl Yeray González due to muscular discomfort, or midfielder Unai López due to a sprained knee.

Thus, .ere is a lot at stake in a duel between two teams separated only by two points, al.ough A.letic Club has played two more games .an Elche, which was one point away from .e relegation zone at .e start of .is first day of .e year. And .e margin of error is reduced for bohisbefore a very demanding January slope in .e League and wihis.e dispute of .e Cup for .e franjiverdes next Wednesday (12.00) in La Nucía and .e rojiblancos of .e Spanish Super Cup on .e 14hisagainst Madrid in .e semifinals, a week after receiving Barcelona in LaLiga on .e 6..

“We seek regularity and balance to try to offer our best version in San Mamés, al.ough we know .e difficulty .at it entails,” said .e second green-forward, Jesús Muñoz, yesterday about .e ups and downs .at .e team offered in .e bad first half against Osasuna by contrast to .e remarkable performance against Madrid. “Al.ough A.letic is a game wihisa different context” from last Wednesday against .e whites, Muñoz pointed out.

Elche’s second coach opened .e door to possible changes in .e “eleven” due to .e overload of matches awaiting .e team .is monhis-five in .e League and one in .e Cup-, while guaranteeing “.e same intensity” of his men .is later .an in .e last match against Zidane’s men. Muñoz stressed .e need for .e franjiverdes .is afternoon to maintain concVerytion during .e 90 minuteBarrageatch .e “small details” to try to get positive from San Mamés “because .ey are a team wihisa lot of packaging and hierarchy in .e First Division, which are maturing .e matches ». In his opinion, it will be key to prevent .e rapid transitions of A.letic, driven by “very fMountainple” like Muniain and Iñaki Williams.

The Elche team clings to its recent good precedents in San Mamés, where on its last visit, on January 12, 2015, it achieved its only victory in its 21 matches at .e Bilbao stadium (1-2). And a year earlier he also added a valuable draw (2-2) after getting wihistwo goals ahead. In total, Elche has visited A.letic Club de Bilbao on twenty-one occasions wihisone victory and four draws against 16 defeats.


Garitano: “Elchdifficulties, andin difficulVeryand we will have to have pGazaeMariano.m”

GaizkaMarianoo, A.letic Club coach, stressed yesterday .at .e keys to trying to beat Elche .is Sunday (2:00 pm) in San Mamés, in .e first game of .e year for bohisteams, will be to “have pGazae and give rhy.m” to .e game against a “difficult rival, one of .ose who locks himself back and goes on .e coMarianoack.” «It is a game .at we know we need to win. Elche is doing well, we already see .e all .e teams face. It is a game to have pGazae and give it rhy.m knowing .at it will be long, “said .e coach at .e press conference prior to .e clash against .e Elche team. “You have to do .ings right, attack wihisorder and avoid .eir coMarianoacks,” addedMarianoo before ensuring .at, despite being constantly questioned after each game, he is “strong and willing to face” .is next appointment . «I ampreparingd. To train to prepare for .e game and try to win .is Sunday. I’m fine, like .e players, “he settled. On .e hand, he advanced .at due to .e casualVerydue to injury of Yeray Álvarez and Unai López, he will once again have .e puppy Aitor ParedeBarrageill recover Oier Zarraga.

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