Málaga CF lives again this weekend a final against a rival live. The improvement in the sensations of the team with the passing of the games is evident, but the truth is that it continues to be the bottom line of LaLiga SmartBank with 11 points out of 48 disputed. Despite this lousy baggage before starting the 17th day, those of Martiricos are six points from salvation and who marks that fine line between heaven and hell is the ponferradinawhat a visit The Rose Garden this Saturday. A game worth more than three points, again.
There are several positive news that the fans can take advantage of to face the match with hope. The attitude of the players against the Saragossathe ability to compete and the endurance to suffer are some of the most evident improvements that could be seen in the Romareda. Málaga CF was capable of almost anything with one less player. So we will have to trust that Lto Rosaleda live this Saturday a second part of what lived a week ago. But there is more. Pepe Mel He has played eight matches throughout his sports career against the ponferradina and in none of them has he come out defeated.
The curriculum of the man from Madrid against the Bercianos is practically immaculate. pepe mehe, being coach of the Betis in Second divisionfaced for the first time those of ponferrada in the 2010/2011 season. The first match ended in a 3-0 victory in which he scored ruben castro -whose ownership with Málaga CF is currently on the air-. After that first win, Pepe Mel reaped a draw in which he had to come back from a goal at the beginning of the ponferradina.
After a time in the First Division and even playing the europa leaguewhich led to the termination of his first stage in the Andalusian capital, the man from Madrid and the Verdiblanco team met again in the mud from December 2014. With the aim of returning to the elite of Spanish football as soon as possible, both met « They walked” through the category with a new game against those of Lion. The same result came out of that match as last time: a 1-1 draw.
As of the 2019/2020 campaign, and as a coach of the UD Las Palmas, the encounters with the ponferradina They were going to be more constant and they were going to come out better off for Pepe Mel. It was there when the best baggage was achieved by the man from Madrid against the Sporty: two games with five goals for and none against (0-2 and 3-0). He was able to get similar sensations from the 2020/2021 season with a more suffered draw (0-0) and a win (2-0).
The last game of the now blue and white coach with the next rival of the Malaga CF arrived on September 25, 2021. It was precisely one of those meetings in which Mel led the palms -being in the play off positions- before the Canarian club announced the dismissal of the coach due to the team’s results. Before, the ponferradina fell 2-1 at the stadium Gran Canaria.
Now, with a much more critical situation for both teams, with the category at stake and with a change of coach in the middle of the season, Malaga CF and Ponfandrradina will face each other this Saturday (4:15 p.m.) in The Rose Garden. Everyone wants to close the match with victory and, as it is the final, there will be intensity until the referee indicates the conclusion of the match.
In a certain part, Pepe Mel, as he himself assured, he also plays it. At least it will with a rival “talisman”but history is history and the 90 minutes of The Rose Garden They will dictate sentence for two teams that live with water up to their necks.