In his first complete season as a sky blue, Raí Nascimento de Oliveira feels that he is “making a good contribution to the team”. That’s what the Brazilian said as part of the weekly pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s derby against Atlético Baleares, current leader in group I. “We’re expecting a tough match. We know that they have some important qualities and good players“, said Raí.
The four opposition teams that have visited Can Misses so far all played with a defence consisting of five players. The journalists pressed Raí on whether he thought the Mallorca outfit would apply the same approach: “That’s up to Baleares! Regardless of how they line up defensively, we have the qualities and strength to attack a defence of five, four or three. The team has been working hard each week to improve continually. We have a great squad, players of a lot of quality and ability, and that’s how you increase the overall strength of the team”.
After three consecutive victories and a run of seven matches without tasting defeat, Ibiza is going through a good moment. Raí, however, is not prepared to take things for granted. The season is very long. “It’s way too early to talk about being in a good moment when you still have 30 matches to play. We have to think of one game at a time, each Sunday. We’re not thinking about being first at all and treat this game as three more points on offer, just as it was against Sporting B and Inter de Madrid“, explained the striker from Rio de Janeiro.
Raí took the opportunity to ask all of Ibiza’s fans to dress up in sky blue when they come to Can Misses on Sunday. The first derby to be played between Ibiza and Atlético Baleares should be treated as a celebration in the stands: “We know that the fans love these types of games, and this game against Baleares will be a good contest. We’re really grateful for all of the fans’ support shown and heard from the stands. We can really feel their encouragement”.