The Costa del Sol Málaga begins its path to the title in Valladolid this Sunday (6:00 p.m.). The qualifiers for the title of the Iberdrola Guerreras League start for the ‘panthers’ in the charming Huerta del Rey, where they play the first leg of the quarterfinals against Rural Fund Classroom Valladolid. A two-game series that will be decided next week in Carranque.
There has been time to reset for Suso Gallardo’s men after the Copa de la Reina del Carpena and now the highlight of the season is ahead. The league opens the play offthe format that gives an extra bullet to several teams and that will allow them to fight to finish champions.
The Malaga expedition is already in the Castilian city, which faces a complicated exam this Sunday. «I think we arrived well, the team has already made a clean slate. For better or for worse we know what Cups are like. You have to turn the page and think about what’s to come, which are very, very important qualifying rounds. It is something new for the league and we have high hopes of reaching the quarterfinals,” he explains. Suso Gallardo.
Caja Rural Aula Valladolid is one of the most solid teams at home. «We are going to Valladolid, which is a very complicated track, only we have won there this year in the regular phase. You will have a pavilion full of people cheering on your team. We have to have a head and know that the tie lasts 120 minutes. You have to leave it open for Málaga and with our fans to be able to certify that pass, ”reflected the Málaga coach on the eve of the clash. «I expect a difficult game, we know what the Classroom is like and how they play. He runs a lot in transitions and serves quickly, they are going to print a very high pace. Also with their fans they come up. If we are not attentive to our withdrawal, we will have a hard time, “concludes Gallardo.