It was one of the debates that had been open since the beginning of the season, especially when Manolo Reina it began to leave doubts in the goal, but now it seems that it has been resolved, until further notice. Ruben Yanez he has seized the keys to the blue and white goal and performances like the one at La Romareda reinforce Pepe Mel’s commitment in recent weeks. The Catalan goalkeeper was key for Málaga to score in Zaragoza, he saved the team, outnumbered, on multiple occasions, so at the moment no one doubts that he must continue to be the starter for the final this Saturday at La Rosaleda against to Ponferradina (16.15 hours).
Manolo Reina began the season as Málaga’s starting goalkeeper. He was chosen by Pablo Guede and also for Pepe Mel, once the Argentine was dismissed. The Madrid coach was surprised that at each public appearance he was asked about the goalkeeper change, but it didn’t take long for him to give Rubén Yáñez the alternative.
The goal of Villanueva del Trabuco played in full the first 13 days of LaLigaSmartBank and conceded 18 goals (1.38 per game), but beyond that, he left signs of insecurity in each appearance and, after a failure in Santander, in which he narrowly escaped expulsion, doubts as to his figure increased. Mel gave Yáñez the opportunity on matchday 14 and, since then, Manolo has not stepped on the grass again in a league clash. He did play in the Copa del Rey tie against Peña Deportiva, in which he committed a penalty that allowed the Ibizans to get ahead.
Rubén Yáñez has already had three consecutive matches, and each day it gets better. He had an error in his debut in the first goal of Cartagena in Cartagonova, where the ball slipped from his hands after a shot from close range, but against Sporting he was already seen more established, saving the draw against Djuka in injury time and in this last confrontation at La Romareda his role It was essential so that Pepe Mel’s men could take a point, which was close to being three.
The figure of the man from Blanes is establishing himself in the blue and white goal, there are fewer and fewer doubts about it, and now the next step must be to leave a clean sheet to give the blue and whites more chances of being able to add three. So far he has conceded in every game: two in Cartagonova, one at home against Sporting and another at La Romareda (1.33 per match).
The Catalan goalkeeper was signed this summer with the task of making things difficult for Manolo Reina and fighting for his position. He knew how to wait for his moment and now that he has arrived he is beginning to show that he is fully capable of starting ahead of Villanueva del Trabuco. The goal debate is fadingand if it closes completely it will be good for Málaga, because that will mean that their performances are increasingly positive for the blue and white interests.