By mixing humility with ambition, Ibiza aims to keep up its good run of form of late, a formula which has seen the squad turn into a reliable unit. Words stated today by Pablo Alfaro during his weekly press conference. “The team is really looking forward to competing again. A very complete and polished performance such as ours against Racing de Ferrol gives you a lot of motivation to keep working in the same way as we have been so far”.
The next stop on the sky blues’ journey is a visit to Sporting B in Gijón on Sunday. The reserve team of Sporting is on an upward trend in terms of its own form, but for Ibiza’s head coach all that counts is the “objective of winning the match” to be played on natural grass at Mareo. “There are a lot of reserve teams in this group, they tend to be young and perhaps a little less experienced, but they possess plenty of other strengths. I think we will adapt well to what the opposition will confront us with and they will have to do the same to respond to what we’re going to show. As you know, it’s a contest between two sides and at the end the team who wants it most will most likely take the spoils”, explained Alfaro to the present media representatives.
After a month and a half of league action, Alfaro and his coaching staff have been working on fine-tuning the performances of a squad that is fully healthy and has no player ruled out because of suspension. For a coach, having all players available for selection is a reflection of the squad’s depth and current strength. In addition, it makes the task of selecting a travelling squad all the more difficult. “There are plenty of options available to me to reflect on the players’ performances in training and to consider who is knocking on the door of being a part of the starting eleven… This week all 21 players are available for selection and it will be very difficult to make a decision on who cannot travel, because there is not a single player who doesn’t deserve to make the trip. However, that’s what competition is all about and having to make a decision is my job, always with the team’s benefit in mind”, said Alfaro.The coach is fully aware that a long season will provide plenty of opportunities for all of Ibiza’s players. Two names in particular were mentioned during the press conference as a result of not having made their debut yet with the sky blues. Speaking on Álex Quintanilla Alfaro said: “He was slotted into the group very well. His age and trajectory give him a solid standing in the squad. I have four central defenders who would all receive outstanding report cards so far. Based on statistics, it is the position where rotations tend to happen most frequently and minutes are divided the most. Believe me, we will need all four of them this season”.
In terms of the squad’s Ghanaian midfielder Sibo, the coach stated: “Kwasi is a very extroverted guy who brings a lot of joy and happiness to the dressing room. We want him to be an important player. He is a midfielder who covers a lot of ground, important characteristics which we were lacking in the squad prior to his arrival”. Both players are more than ready to take part in Ibiza’s next challenges.
Watch the press conference highlights with English subtitles: