Málaga CF has played many important matches throughout its history. Promotion phases, UEFA Cup matches, a Champions League preview in Athens or a Champions League quarterfinal in Dortmund. The best teams from the Old Continent have visited La Rosaleda, creating great expectations, but it has probably never played a match in such an agonizing situation as it is now, at least under its current name. For the blue and white team, there should be nothing more than this game at this moment. Life is at stake, literally. His options to remain in professional football are at stake against Racing (6:30 p.m.) that currently marks permanence. The players know it, the fans too, and that is why there will be nearly 30,000 souls at La Rosaleda today doing their bit to achieve victory.
Win or win. There is no other for a Málaga CF that has reached this point of the season 8 points of salvation. A permanence that defines right now the Cantabrian team, their rival this afternoon. those of Jose Alberto Lopez They have 33 points, compared to 25 for the Blue and Whites, so if they get a positive result they would leave Pellicer’s men in a critical situation.
It is the game that can put Málaga squarely in the fight for permanence or that can leave it definitively sunk in the Second Division pit. he plays it the Malagaand he does it before the coach he dismissed a little over a year ago. José Alberto López returns to La Rosaleda to sit on the visitor’s bench, in charge of a Racing de Santander team that he has managed to revitalize. He has managed to add 15 points out of a possible 27 since he has been in charge and that has helped him to get out of the descent.
The Martiricos group arrives with the good news of the recoveries in time for scarce, Christian and junior lake. All of them have been training at a slower pace during the week, but Pellicer himself commented in the press room that they will be available. Those who will not be there are Pablo Chavarría and Unai Bustinza, still injured.
Against this backdrop, and taking into account the loss due to sanction of Aleix Febas, the eleven can be very similar to the one that played a few days ago in Granada. Yáñez in goal; line of 4 in defense for Delmás, Esteban Burgos, Juande and Cristian; midfield for Escassi and the question of who will accompany him, if Genaro, Luis Muñoz or N’Diaye; ahead, Fran Villalba, Lago Junior and the unknown of who occupies the position of Febas; and above, Rubén Castro.
Casualties at Racing Santander
For his part, Racing arrives at La Rosaleda with the loss due to the sanction of its captain, Inigo. It will be Juergen who takes his place. Neither will José Alberto have cedricby technical decision, nor with Bobadillainjured.
‘D’ day has arrived for Málaga CF. In front of 30,000 malaguistas and against a Racing team that will try to sink them further down the table, the blue and white team has to get out and achieve the victory that makes them believe that permanence in LaLiga SmartBank is still possible.