Andoni Iraolacoach of Vallecano Raypraised today the defensive device of Mallorca, «which he makes very few mistakes when he has a good result» and hoped that his team «does not go behind», because then «it is very difficult to hurt them». The Basque confirmed the absence of Isi Palacebut instead announced that he had recovered Santi Comesana.
«Mallorca at the end of last season, was already being difficult to beat. At the structural level, for example in San Mames, we saw how he endures a low block with the difficulty that this entails against Athletic. The three centrals, the defense, the lanes, the support they have, and they lose very few duels. The signing of Rajkovic, that the feeling is that it has a very high level and is going to give them a very good performance. It’s very difficult if you’re behind on the scoreboard. When they have something to defend they make very few mistakes. Hopefully we don’t have to go behind on the scoreboard.”
Regarding the situation of the team, he explained that “we are going to have the casualties of Diego Lopezwhich will continue outside. Andres Martin He finished last year with a bad shoulder, he was playing the playoff with Tenerife and he had surgery, he couldn’t continue with his shoulder like this. Until he is fit he will not be able to integrate. Another one we have outside is Isi, it will be low tomorrow. On the day of Espanyol, the change comes due to muscular issues, it is not important, but a micro-tear, no matter how small, has to be expected. We recover Santi, who has trained and is going to enter the call, as Diego Mendez».
Iraola did not want to give any clues about the possible line-up because «Aguirre is not going to tell me who is going to play. It’s an alternative, we can play with one or two strikers, but we’re not going crazy. I get trainer attacks, but I try to keep them as few as possible. We take hold of what we do well and that the team has the same identity.
The coach took the opportunity to ask for the support of the Vallecas public because “like last season, we would like the bulk of our points and achievement of the goal to go through being a very good team at home. Especially in the first lap, in the second it cost us more. This year we are going to have more support, because the works have finished and the team wants to compete against our people. Let’s see if we can all play a good game tomorrow.”
«Regarding the grass, apparently it is fine, although now we will train, it is a summer grass and quite suffered. I don’t think there are any problems. I take advantage of your question to thank people for the effort they have made to become subscribers again. It is appreciated and it is something that the players and we have in our heads and we are going to try to return it to them. We can’t guarantee results, but we can guarantee that people will be proud of what they see on the pitch. We cannot fail the people who see us from the stands », he said to finish.