Now there are no more stops or going back. The team from Elche faces the last ten days of the League in just over a month and a half in which they will play their permanence in the First Division. The Valencian coach is clear that the moment of truth is coming and acknowledged that “the points are now more important.”
Escribá recalled that “the objectives are rarely met before the last ten games and it is rare that you arrive at these last days with your homework done. Points are always important, but now more », he stressed.
The first of the ten finals is this Sunday (4.15pm), at the Martínez Valero stadium, against Betis. A rival who, as Escribá acknowledged, “comes in a good dynamic and is going to be difficult to overcome,” he warned.
Despite the fact that the Betis occupy the sixth position in the standings, with 45 points, and are struggling to obtain a place to play the next European competition season, the franjiverde coach fully trusts his squad and the good dynamics that he had been showing before of the stop. «The team arrives well. We have improved things that we needed and, although along the way we have not added all the points that we would have wanted and deserved, the team has improved.
Fran Escribá wants against Betis a team that maintains the defensive order, that continues to seek to do damage with fast transitions and direct play towards the forwards, but, at the same time, that is capable of dominating the game and taking control of the game. «! We have seen and analyzed Betis a lot. and it is a team that associates very well with the ball. One of the keys is going to be that we are able to impose our rhythm. Betis is a team that is bothered and suffers when they do not have the ball and we do not want to give up possession, although we know that in many moments we will not have the ball and we will have to try to defend together and in order. But we don’t want to play only on the backlash. We also want to have our phases of positional play, to be strong attacking with the control of the ball and to counterattack well when possible.
Helibelton Palacios or Barragán
Escribá never reveals his possible starting eleven and does not even give clues. On the contrary, he tries to hide his assets. This week he has a difficult ballot as it is to choose right back. Barragán, who was a starter and is motivated to face his former team, returns after his injury. But the colombian Helibelton Palacios has fulfilled with note as his substitute against Sevilla and Getafe. In addition, he must choose the substitute for the sanctioned Lucas Boyé. Although everything indicates that Pere Milla and Guido Carrillo will be the attacking duo.
«For me, it is a problem because everyone is doing well. Both Barragán and Cifu, who played more minutes in the first games when I arrived, did well. Helibelton has played very well in the last two. I want everyone who plays to do well. Like Pere, who was not starting and scored in Getafe. The best thing that can happen to me is that the players who are having less minutes take advantage of it. Everyone is ready to give the maximum performance when it comes to them, “he commented without giving any clue.
Finally, although Elche has won with Escribá the two games (Eibar and Sevilla) that he has played at Martínez Valero and the team from Elche have six at home and four away, the French-green coach downplays that data. «I have not been much to distinguish the home and away games, especially now without an audience. With the Martínez Valero full, very nice games would be seen. So far, we have been reliable in our stadium and we will try to continue in that line. But of the 10 remaining games I do not see any comfortable, “he concluded.
Piatti and Josan speed up to get to the game on time
Josan and Piatti, the two footballers on the squad who are suffering from muscle discomfort, will try to get to the Betis game on time, but if they do, neither will start. The crevillentino winger did part of the training with the group on Thursday, while Piatti will depend on the feelings he has in the last sessions. “With Piatti, we managed the effort because he had a little annoyance from last week. I think we are going to have everyone available except Lucas Boyé, who is dismissed due to sanction, “said Escribá.”
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.