“With pricked ears”. That’s how Pablo Alfaro is expecting Sanse. Sunday’s opponent will play host to Ibiza at its stadium, the Municipal Matapiñonera, a ground which has recently been given a new playing surface, with a duty to win back the credit and trust of its supporters after suffering a heavy defeat at the hands of Sporting B: “It’ll be a match of incentives. They’ll want to redeem themselves in front of their home crowd, knowing that their fans will receive them in one way or another depending on how they settle into the first minutes of the match. Sanse is a team that has plenty of good attributes and players with a considerable sporting trajectory. That in itself should ensure that their team is awarded the necessary respect”.
Alfaro can once again count on Rubén González–who is back after his suspension– while also being able to consider Diego Mendoza for a first call up to the travelling squad for the second away match this season. Although Ibiza’s head coach insists that “summer 2019 is not over yet” and that there is still a long way to go in the season, he does acknowledge the fact that his past months’ work with the team is starting to show results. This rolling project, said the Zaragoza native, will continue to take its next step on Sunday in San Sebastián de los Reyes, where Ibiza will try to return from with a positive result which would „add further confidence to the team”.
“We’re part of a very difficult and competitive division. There are not many differences among the teams and there are not too many determining factors. Most likely the secret to success will lie in being consistent in terms of form. To achieve that, you have to be a solid unit and work well together defensively to avoid conceding many goals. In addition, I believe that we have a squad which has plenty of attacking options”, explained the coach in today’s pre-match manager’s press conference, reiterating the importance of utilising all members of a “great squad of players”. For Alfaro, it will be essential to “make use” of all the different “moments of form“ shown by his players over the course of the season in order to have them contribute with good performances when it counts.