Rayo Vallecano – Elche The franjiverde coach affirms that he had to “reassure the players”
ANDhe coach of Elche, Jorge Almirn, bit his tongue to criticize everything his team experienced for the duel against Rayo Vallecano (2-0) of Copa del Rey. Two postponements and two changes of scenery. Modifications for “lack of absolute foresight”, as the Franco-green president, Joaqun Buitrago, described. Modifications that “have broken the schedule” of Tuesday’s momentous visit to Real Valladolid, a direct rival for salvation.
“It is difficult to speak. It was unpresentable from many sides. We were surprised during the course of the day. We had to change all the logistics. We were notified of the postponement when we were about to leave for the stadium. They told us to postpone it until tomorrow. There are things with which I do not agree, but I have to dedicate myself to training and reassuring the players, who responded with great integrity, “said the Argentine coach, who considers that” there are people with greater responsibility to analyze what happened. “
“I do not want to lose focus on what is important,” Almirn said in reference to the vital duel against Real Valladolid, which they will have to face with less rest than expected. Despite the defeat with a bad image, the Elche coach valued the performance of his team positively: “They played the 90 minutes intensely. It was hard, because of the cold, having to travel and adapt some players to the central position. In the first half, we were somewhat imprecise. In the second, they barely reached us and we handled the ball, but without depth, “he noted.
Almirn explained that He only made the change from Diego Bri due to the injury of Nuke Mfulu to reserve footballers ahead of the appointment at the Jos Zorrilla. “We have little time to recover. Those who did not play will be whole.” Before the match, Dani Calvo fell from the eleventh hour at the last minute for Mfulu due to an ankle problem that dragged on: “He hurt himself and we did not risk. Mfulu was recovering from an injury,” explained the French-green coach.
On the ‘plague’ of injuries, the majority muscular, the trainer franjiverde considers that “it is something that could go through the high number of parties”. “There are players who have been playing and the matches become intense. And others who did not play in the First Division and it takes time to adapt,” he concluded.