February 26, 2021

Confirmation in the North – The Province

With the impulse of an unexpected victory, based on a lot of attitude, faith and also play, UD Las Palmas lands today in Lugo (8:30 p.m., Movistar LaLiga) to overcome an even greater challenge than to overcome a 0-2 against in 45 minutes: win away from home. Because he has not done so since he triumphed in Almería after confinement, a world ago, and each exit is presented as an ordeal. Although he has given his face in some fields of the Peninsula, he has not given him to win.

If the closest memory played, the Anxo Carro would be an ideal place to break the spell, because there he won last year (0-2) with a clear superiority, but then there were also Jonathan Viera and Pedri, magic with which now he does not bill. The new UD 2020-21 is not about names, but about teams, the one that pleased in the first leg of the championship, that after deflated and that was resurrected three days ago.

And she did it, among other things, because she recovered some of the values ​​that had raised her above, such as attitude, intensity, solidarity, effectiveness and sobriety, although they only did so for a part. It was enough.

Mel appeals to the maintenance of this good image to succeed in Lugo against the team that least wants the ball – his average possession is 40.2% – but maximizes the goals he scores. In other words, the main objective of the UD, which has shown during the course that it is better without the ball, is not to fit in first, because if it does, it will suffer.

The technician assured in the previous one that the success of the team depends not only on the game tonight, but in general on what his players do when they lose the ball. When that happens, recovering it as soon as possible based on pressure, folding and aids seems essential, for what you need physical, something that the yellows are not too much of. Recover and, of course, do not give away.

As the technician is one of those who tend to play little what works, the eleven that he will have today at the Anxo Carro will be very similar to the one that ended on Sunday, with the reinforcement of some of the substitutes who were also essential in the comeback. Thus, in the engine room Kirian and Loidice, who changed the face of the team, will be the interiors, with Javi Castellano, who grows in each game, from behind.

Above, the square is guaranteed by Espiau, author of the winning goal, who will replace the invisible Iemmello. At the far right will be Rober, who equaled the injured Araujo with his two goals the other day as the team’s top scorer, with four, and Clemente will start on the left, who will give Benito rest and who improved his performance when he acted in that place and not in the center.

Back, Mel plans not to vary. Aythami ruled out, Curbelo will once again be the pair of Álex Suárez, Lemos and Jonathan Silva, the wingers and Álex Domínguez, who sat Valles last Sunday, the goalkeeper. Pejiño, meanwhile, did not arrive on time due to his ankle ailment and is expected in eleven days in front of Alcorcón.

In front, Lugo de Mehdi Nafti, who will not be able to count on Pita, due to an overload, or Xavi Torres, due to sanction, has the doubt of Campadabal and the danger in the Gran Canaria Cristian Herrera and Carrillo. The UD wants to retaliate against that northern team. For not having to wait for Ponferrada.


After tonight’s game against Lugo, UD Las Palmas will not return to Gran Canaria, but will stay on the Peninsula because on Saturday they play in Ponferrada (3:00 p.m.), a few kilometers from the capital of Lugo. That is why Pepe Mel took all the players available to him, including Tomás Cardona, almost recovered, Christian Rivera, recovered after suffering from gastroenteritis, and the subsidiaries Coco and Sergi Puig. The coach, after today’s crash, has arranged two work sessions in the sports city of Deportivo de La Coruña, in the town of Abegondo, for Thursday and Friday. On the other hand, UD Las Palmas learned yesterday the day and time it will face CD Varea, from Logroño, in the first round of the Copa del Rey. It will be on Thursday, December 17, at 7:00 p.m., in La Rioja. | Pf


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