Friday, June 2, 2023

Málaga – Oviedo: Tee off

Málaga CF begins its particular final sprint for salvation this Friday. Institutional and sports news has shaken any football foundation. However, that has already happened. What matters is the ball because it is the only thing that will be able to save the team from falling into a bottomless pit. The wire rope has less and less thread, but you have to cross the bridge anyway. So the group of Martiricos and the fans need to cling to the least, and everything indicates that the game against Real Oviedo (9:00 p.m./LaLigaSmartBank TV) may be that breath of hope.

Both as for well and for worse, matchday 26 of the silver category can take a hit in the standings. Málaga CF opens the day and is the first of the relegation teams to play. A win could add pressure to the rivals and the truth is that there is a lot at stake. Ponferradina-Racing Y Lugo-Ibiza they will see each other’s faces. A victory for one of the first two could be lethal. Hence, the only blue and white obligation is to win to fulfill his role. Not even a draw is good news at this point. What happens after chance and football decide.

For this, Málaga CF needs to take a step forward. What was seen last Sunday in the premiere in Gijón of Sergio Pellicer. It’s good to bolt the goal and be more forceful defensively. It is fine and it is an important step that had to be taken with relative urgency. However, not fitting in does not give the three points. So, to that good work behind, we must add generating more in attack.

The only offensive player who is not available is Pablo Chavarria. On the other hand, the coach recovers Fran Villalba. Will Ruben Castro play? That is the big question after the last substitution of the canary. Added to this unknown is the delicate situation behind. Genaro, scarce Y N’Diaye They are low -the first two due to inconvenience and the last one due to suspension-. While the call for Delmás will be decided by the training session this Friday, although it would be very fair. Faced with this complex situation, Pellicer himself acknowledged at a press conference the possibility of changing the system.

hostile returns

The Real Oviedo You can’t get relaxed either. The Asturians have 31 points at this point, 5 over relegation, so they also need to win to jump up the standings. The big problem they have is that they are the last team in scoring (16). So the key to the clash may be in the first goal, since there may be few.

However, the match will have something of morbidity due to two players who will be in front with a past on the Costa del Sol: the striker Borja Cane and the side Juanfran, just a month ago in Malaga, who criticized the training model and the intensity without leaving many friends in the Martiricos stands. Those who will not be at La Rosaleda this Friday will be those absent due to injury: Branch, Borja Sanchez Y David Costas. He did not enter the call Victor Camarasaincorporated during the last hour of the market from Betis.

You have to make a blur of this last week. The only thing that matters is that the ball enters the goal with all the support of the fans. That is what will save Málaga CF. So it’s time to believe again and strike the first blow: to put pressure on direct rivals and to believe in the definitive comeback…


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