First team

Ibiza travels to Las Rozas aiming to show its strengths as an away team

“A wounded opponent”. That’s what Ibiza will face tomorrow (12 PM) in Las Rozas. The Madrid-based team currently sits in the drop-zone of the league table after picking up only one out of the last possible twelve points. Nevertheless, looks can be deceiving. At the Navalcarbón stadium –a ground of artificial turf and narrower in its dimensions than Can Misses– Ibiza will take on an opponent that will aim to turn around its fortunes and recover the form displayed during the first quarter of the league calendar. Pablo Alfaro described it in the following way during the pre-match press conference: “We know of the difficulty a team like Las Rozas can present, a team that has had very intriguing results so far. A month ago, they hardly conceded any goals. Together with ourselves and Baleares, they were the team with the least amount of conceded goals. Suddenly, in three or four matches they started to concede double the amount of goals they had conceded in the eleven matches prior”.

Ibiza’s central defender Rubén González, also speaking to the local media during the week, equally warned of the dangers of a team looking to turn around its current situation. “In this league, anyone can beat anyone, each match is very tough, each point is a battle. Las Rozas will try to get back on track, but we will make it very difficult for them. We’re going there to get the three points, to put on a lot of pressure, score goals and defend like we have been up until this moment”, said Rubén in relation to the squad trained by Lolo Escobar, a debutant this season in Segunda B. Ibiza has one of the best statistics as an away team. Outside of Can Misses, the team has managed three wins and two draws. With its trip to Vigo and the loss to Celta B as a lesson learnt, the sky blues want to add to their previously good performances on the road. For Alfaro, the key to being successful in its visit to Las Rozas is simple: “The team needs to stay true to what it believes in and what it has been working on. We’re going there with the intention of getting three points by playing to our strengths. I don’t think that we must change a lot: we’re a good side when we do those things well that we know how to do well”.

Las Rozas will be able to count on the return of defender Borja González and midfielder Chechu Muñoz, both missing the last round due to suspensions, while Ibiza will be without defender Álex Quintanilla due to injury.