Atlético de Madrid B will be visiting the island this weekend, but Ibiza is preparing itself to return to winning ways in front of its home crowd. That’s how Pablo Alfaro began today’s pre-match press conference: “We have plenty of arguments in our favour to put on a good performance and pick up three points again at Can Misses“. The coach believes that Sunday’s spectators will once again enjoy a high quality football match against opposition that is having a great spell of form. “They are a reserve team that has been doing a great job so far, they have been scoring goals with ease and have young and talented players in their ranks. Some of the players are already training and playing with the first squad. They’ve maintained the core of a young squad that two years ago had a great campaign in a youth division”, explained Alfaro.
Despite the past two results against Atlético Baleares and Real Oviedo B, Ibiza’s head coach was adamant to put things into perspective in an effort to value Ibiza’s positive start to the league campaign so far. “It’s useful to take a look back sometimes, at last season and the seasons prior, to be aware of where we were then and where we find ourselves now. We’re in a good position. The team is showing what it is capable of. At the moment, we’re in the privileged part of the standings, but we have to strive for more and be keen and eager to achieve more“.
To pursue the objectives the team has set itself, Alfaro can draw on a pool of footballers in his squad that all feel important and capable of contributing. The strong performances seen in last weekend’s away match by several players who up until now saw a limit amount of game time is proof of that. “Last weekend we had players that didn’t play because they needed a rest and will remain highly important to us. By the same token, we introduced players in the last match who will be able to continue their run of appearances going forward“, said Alfaro, who will only have to do without the likes of Kike López and Gonzalo for Sunday’s encounter.
The coach also highlighted the difficulty and challenge of maintaining a good run of results in a league that is as tight and balanced as Second Division B: “This is not a game of PlayStation: it’s not as simple as resting and winning. It’s really difficult to keep winning games. Why is that? It’s due to the highly balanced strength of teams in this league. Right now, in our group, there is only one team that has been able to continue that type of winning streak. One. Everyone else is having to do it their own way”.