The coach of the Elche CF, Fran Scribe, has offered this Friday the press conference prior to the meeting of the Sunday (14 hours), at Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, in front of Getafe. The Valencian coach has indicated that his team he should have “two or three points” after the tough schedule that has faced him against Barcelona, Granada, Sevilla on two occasions and Real Madrid in just one month. Escribá has appreciated the praise for the way of competing of the Elche team since its arrival and has admitted that it is “the first past”, but has pointed out that “then, what you need are the points.”
The franjiverde coach has assured that “he would sacrifice some of the good image we have given to have more points. I think we could have two or three more points and no one would say that it would be unfair.” Despite this, Escribá has stressed that “The path is well marked and the team is balanced. There are games left to achieve more victories, but we can also have a bad encounter. As I said, salvation is in every game and I don’t think that a simpler schedule will come to us now. In my previous stage we certified the permanence adding a point against Barcelona. We are prepared to add the points that allow us to save ourselves in any game. ”
Facing Sunday’s clash, the Elche coach commented that “it is going to be a very difficult match. Getafe is a very intense team, that competes very well and that they generate few chances, as we saw in their last game against Atlético de Madrideven playing with one less. We are preparing the game with little time, but believing where we can hurt him ”.
Scribe wait at the Coliseum an invitation “similar to that of Eibar”. “He is a rival who practices direct play more, with less elaboration and who takes advantage of the second plays a lot.” Therefore, he asks “to be very attentive and concentrated”. After playing against European competition rivals such as Barcelona, Real Madrid, Seville or Granada, the Elche coach says that “we have a clear proposal with which we will try to continue”, but has clarified that he would like “Despite being able to play directly, look for a more elaborate football to reach the opposite area”.
Fran Escribá has avoided complaining about the schedule, despite the fact that he will play five of his first seven away games, with the fatigue that travel means. And in just a month. In addition, they have set the clash against Huesca on Friday and the Huesca would have seven days to prepare it and Elche only five. “When we came we saw that the calendar was not ideal, with many trips during the week. Despite this, the team is competing well. We would like to play more in our stadium, even though the public cannot come. But complaining is not much use and it is what it is. We are going to prepare all the games and Huesca’s also with the same intensity, despite having less rest. ”
On his time at Getafe in the 2015-2016 season, in which he was dismissed on matchday 32 after going penultimate in the classification, with 36 points, and after having added only two out of 36 possible, he commented that “I have a bittersweet memory. I was very excited after my time in Elche and it was a place where I had already been (as second of Quique Sánchez Flores) We started very well and we finished the first round being eighth, even talking about being able to play UEFA. But suddenly, something happened that had never happened to me before. We were 12 games without winning, with only two draws and many defeats. That sank us and, of course, the coach ends up paying for it. But I have no regrets about that decision and I understand it. I am grateful to Getafe for the opportunity they gave me, but I was left with the feeling that it was a project to grow as a coach and it broke down “.
Escribá has also been asked about his relationship with Bordalás, with whom he had a dialectical confrontation in a match of the 2012-2013 season in the Second Division, when the Valencian led Elche, with whom he achieved promotion, and the Alicante player to Alcorcón. “My relationship with him is very correct and I don’t just say correct in a dry way. We have faced each other afterwards and have had no problems. At that time his statements bothered me and I answered him. But one there is no problem. Backwards, it has all my respects and he is an excellent coach. He has shown it here in Elche, in Alavés and Getafe. He is a technician who brings out a lot of performance from his teams, they are very intense and never give up. The best example is in the last game against Atlético de Madrid, who tied playing with ten ”.
The Elche coach knows that from now on there will be a lot at stake and when that happens the fear of losing can enter and the teams are not so brave. Trust that this does not happen to the people of Elche: “It is true that teams transmit this fear of not losing and can take fewer risks. But that’s the idea for us. We have shown in the six games that we have been here that we have not come out to draw and we had very difficult rivals. I even said that against Madrid we lost three points and not one, because we could win. In Seville they scored the first goal for us at the end of the first half when we were reaching more than them. I do not want the team to convey a feeling of fear and we do not have it”.
Escribá is aware of the difference between winning and losing in Getafe. A victory would place the people of Elche within one point of the Madrilenians and, nevertheless, a defeat would move the Bordalás team away to seven points. “Our idea is to win regardless of whether they are four points behind and are now a direct rival. We always want to win to distance ourselves from the descent. And even won, we would take a small step, but there would still be a world left ”, he warned.
Finally, when asked about Piatti’s words after the Sánchez Pizjuán crash, in which he said that precision had been lacking in the last meters, the green-and-blue coach commented that “Scoring goals is not easy and it is difficult for all teams. Therefore, the forward position is the most difficult. We have already seen in our last matches who has scored (Messi, Benzema, En Nesyri). My concern would be if we did not create opportunities and we are creating them ”
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.