Ibiza will tomorrow play at one of Group 1’s trickiest grounds. At the Polideportivo Municipal de Boadilla del Monte, Internacional de Madrid has won seven matches, drawn four and lost only on two occasions so this season. Internacional is out to pick up the pace in terms of their form after starting off the second half of the season in bright fashion. The departure of striker Rufo, who joined Pontevedra, has affected the team from the greater Madrid area significantly.
In the seven rounds played since early January, Inter has only scored three goals, a poor output which has yielded only six points since then. Despite the opposition’s difficulties, Pablo Alfaro is weary of Ibiza’s round 27 rivals. “Inter has a better record at home than on the road. Lately, they’ve been struggling as a result of the void caused by Rufo’s departure, but they are a team to be reckoned with, nonetheless. They evolved a lot in terms of their style of play since the start of the season, similar to what Coruxo has been doing. They are a side that wants to create things when they’re in possession of the ball”, said Ibiza’s head coach in yesterday’s pre-match press conference.
Ibiza’s objective for tomorrow’s match is crystal clear. The Sky Blues want to return to winning ways away from home after a draw in Pontevedra and a loss in Ferrol during its previous trips to the mainland. Although the important matches against Atlético Baleares and Atlético de Madrid B loom on the horizon, Alfaro is well aware of the significance of the matches to be played during the month of March and that maintaining focus and concentration is fundamental: “March will be an important month, without question. We will be playing against direct rivals, so we have four matches ahead of us that we need to prepare for very well”, explained the coach who will have to do without the injured Quintanilla, suspended Javi Lara and Javi Pérez who is given a rest for the trip to face Inter. The eighteen-man squad departs for Madrid this afternoon.