Pablo Alfaro this morning attended a pre-match press conference to give his assessment of the team on the eve of making its home debut in the league. “We’re very much looking forward to the game tomorrow. It’s one of the nicer fixtures of this season. Rayo Majadahonda is a team that’s been recently relegated, they have a lot of potential, and are considered as candidates for the top spots. Their squad is completely new after appointing [Óscar] Carazo as the new sporting director, formerly of Recreativo, and he has brought in five players from Huelva. It’s a strong opponent who will challenge us. We, however, have to get used to wanting to win every match we play at Can Misses to claim the three points once the match is over”, explained Ibiza’s head coach.
Taking on the Madrid-based side, Alfaro will be without Rubén González (suspended), Sibo, who is still waiting on paperwork to be cleared, and Machuca, who is recovering from issues with his ankle. Available for tomorrow’s match, however, is one of the latest Ibiza signings. “Both the sports director and I know Álex Quintanilla. He will lift the level of competition of the defensive line” commented Alfaro.
The arrival of the Basque-born player resulted in the departure of Albizua. Alfaro only had positive things to say about the defender and admitted that it wasn’t easy to cut Albizua from the list of registered players. “Unai is the ultimate professional. Neither the club nor I will ever talk badly about him. We wish him the best of luck because he deserves it. His departure is a result of a limited number of player registrations. With the arrival of Quintanilla we had seventeen players on the list of permitted amount of players whilst the maximum is sixteen. Therefore, we had to let someone go. He and his agent were informed with time for them to evaluate other options.”
The coach of Ibiza has given a positive assessment of the loan agreement with Huracán for Diego Mendoza. The Argentinean will join Ibiza after undergoing a medical in the next few days. Alfaro described the acquisition of the new striker as follows: “When the market presented us the option of bringing in Diego Mendoza, we highlighted it with a red marker. He joins us at a very good age, we were lacking a striker of his characteristics in our team. He joins us from Argentina’s Superliga. We were given very good references about him and he obviously won’t have problems concerning the language. I think that he will prove to be an important signing”.
With a view to the match against Rayo Majadahonda, the Ibiza head coach declared that his side is ready to compete with the best in the Second Division B: “We’re very excited about the vibe that surrounds the club. From the end of last season until today, more than two thousand jerseys have been sold. For other clubs of a big stature, it’s something normal, but for us here it is something truly extraordinary. We are here to give back to the fans. We want to generate and evoke positive emotions.”