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Málaga CF: Pellicer’s League

It’s over LaLigaSmartBank 22/23 for the Malaga CF and now comes a new -and devastating- life in Primera RFEF. After a resounding planning and preseason, to which was added the lack of solutions and the change of two coaches, the team certified its relegation to non-professional football last week. However, and despite the fact that he was the coach with whom the failure was consummated, the numbers ‘accompany’ slightly the work of Pellicer.

The Castellón He returned to Martiricos on January 23 to replace Pepe Mel and a team was found, 4 points from permanence, with 4 wins, 9 draws and 11 losses to add a total of 21 points. However, and although it has not been enough as has been shown, improved the numbers of Pablo Guede and the man from Madrid together: 6 wins, 5 draws and 7 losses with 23 points.

It is not just a matter of the fact that in 18 games he has added more than his two predecessors. If a classification were made with the Pellicer numbers -from day 25-, Málaga CF would have finished in 13th place with five points above a descent made up of Ibiza, Ponferradina, Burgos and Lugo. What shows that the end of the season has not been the trigger for the failure, but has been an accumulation of the entire campaign.

However, Pellicer has encountered several problems, some of his own and others of others. He only added four points in his first six games -victory against Zaragoza, draw against Sporting and defeats against Oviedo, Albacete, Granada and Racing-. The team there was weighed down and the feelings were negative. And no less important, when he found himself in a position to approach or even be able to get out of the descent, incomprehensible results came like Racing itself, Huesca or Ponferradina.

Appiah scored the last goal for Málaga CF in professional football. Gregory Marrero

However, and as demonstrated in the classification, luck has not been on our side either and the rivals have had an almost heroic second half of the campaign, and even the last stretch. Racing and Zaragoza would be ahead with only Pellicer’s matches, while Huesca, Leganés, Sporting and Villarreal B would be behind.

Pellicer, Mel and Guede

As was logical with these data, he also comes out very well positioned in the comparison with the other two coaches. Pablo Guedewith just six days played, only got one average of 0.5 points per game. For his part, Pepe Melwith 18 games in charge of the blue and white bench, got 1 point per game that they earned him to leave only the team where it was.

The data from Pellicer they are somewhat better. The average of him in the 18 duels, the same ones that the Madrid coach led in the previous stage, translates into a average of 1.67 points per crash. That is, triple that achieved by the Argentine and better than Mel.

“Except Surprise”as mentioned in the last few days, the man from Castellón will be in charge of leading the new blue and white project from the bench. What would have happened if I had arrived earlier? Or if she had gotten more points in that terrible start? It is useless to think about hypotheses. Despite not having saved the team, Sergio Pellicer will almost certainly lead the way back to the Second Division. His fate will be everyone’s.


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