The undisputed novelist. At the gates of the fourth day – tomorrow, 7.30 pm against UD Logroñés in Gran Canaria – Las Palmas shows off a proposal made of steel. With the permission of goalkeeper Álvaro Valles and Alex Suárez, the only two footballers who have completed the entire 270 minutes, Mel Pérez shows off his backbone. Valles, Álvaro Lemos -which is out due to suspension against the Riojan bloc-, Suárez, Sergio Ruiz, Enzo Loiodice, Kirian Rodríguez and Rober are the only footballers with three starts.
With six goals conceded, UD is the most beaten team in the competition – along with Albacete. The need to win seems fundamental to escape from the fire zone. Run away from the quicksand. Extremadura Ale Díez will occupy the right side and the left-hander will be disputed by Dani Castellano and the last signing Jonathan Silva. Aythami Artiles Oliva and Alex Suárez complete the wall. With two goals against on average -which would leave a total of 84 at the end of the 42 days-, against Logroñés it is necessary to recover the defensive strength of the final stretch of eleven games last year. In that phase of the championship, Mel’s men conceded seven goals in 990 minutes.
In the 4-1-4-1 tactical sketch, the Sergio Ruiz-Enzo Loiodice-Kirian Rodríguez triangle is another of the hallmarks. Three games and the same formula in the engine room. The Cantabrian brings race and fury, the Gaul turns on the light and the Tenerife man is a constant threat. With five goals in favor -Álvaro Lemos (2), Clau, Pejiño and Edu Espiau-, the yellows are the second top scorer (only surpassed by the six of Fuenlabrada and Ponferradina-. After betting on Benito Ramírez against Leganés in Butarque, the left-handed wing is for Pejiño. The player from Cadiz has emerged as a capital piece in the offensive gear. His power makes him a weapon of mass destruction. He sees goal with great ease. And on the right, Rober. The talented player of the Real Betis started against the cucumber team, Fuenlabrada and Real Zaragoza.With regard to the position of striker, Mel has Edu Espiau, Sergio Araujo and Clau.
While waiting for Pietro Iemmello, the yellow coach has granted Espiau two titles. His goal in La Romareda recovers him for the cause. The two expulsions – Aythami Artiles and Álvaro Lemos – have forced Mel to change his ‘plan A’. Against Fuenlabrada, Eric Curbelo was used and to tie Logroñés in Siete Palmas we will have to be extremely careful.
The UD competes and always manages incontestable victory options -before Sandoval’s team they won 2-0-. It has not been less than three teams with pedigree of promotion league in a demanding start. It is a recognizable team. And with an eleven that is recited from memory.
Defensive concessions are the epitaph of a project that combines appetite and speed. From the slogan of generating heritage, the sports management has added nine signings – with an average of 22 years. The level shown by Sergio Ruiz, Enzo, Ale Díez, Rober or Pejiño eliminates doubts. And Cardona is missing.
It remains to win to settle in the comfortable zone. Tomorrow’s duel has a remarkable strategic caliber. A newly promoted to examine the defensive beat. The challenge of Mel and his Praetorian Guard.