Soldier and Machís put Granada leader

The Nasrid defeated a still very green Alavés and climbed to the top of the rankings for the third time in their history. The rojiblanco '9' scored his third official goal in three games.


The Granada of Diego Martínez is unstoppable. Led by Soldado and Machís, the Nasrids added their third victory in eight days and continue their moment of ecstasy by ascending to the leadership of Primera for the third time in their history (two in the last year). The victory against Alavés once again revealed the excellent work of its coach, Diego Martínez, who has managed to assemble a serious and reliable team in the two areas that are experiencing their most glorious days.

Machín is not doing so well, as he works against the clock to rebuild the still very green project of Alavés (0 points in two days). His team only offers some sporadic detail but has a long way to go to catch up to the level they expect in Mendizorroza.

Soldado is the proper name of this brilliant beginning of Granada. His three goals in a week, two in the League and one in the Europa League, have paved the way for Diego Martínez's. The striker's commitment on and off the field is indisputable. And he continues to maintain that punch that he has had throughout his career. It only took seven minutes to get the colors out of the Vitorian defense. Specifically, Ely. A long shipment from Machís was enough for the Nasrid '9' to expose the Albiazul defender. Its control and definition were manual.

Granada had the game where they wanted in the first 45 minutes. But he gave Alavés a chance in a Vallejo foul on Deyverson on the edge that Joselu converted to 1-1. Rui Silva did not cover his stick well and Alavés equalized the game in the only serious danger option they had in the entire first half.The draw did not daunt Granada, who maintained the intensity and pressure in the center of the field and insistently sought the verticality and impudence of Machís. The Venezuelan, also decisive, signed a great play that Puertas sent to limbo with everything in favor (36 '). Before Yangel Herrera had it in a corner, but his header, despite being free of mark, went out.

A Machín, obviously, did not like what he saw from his team in the first half and made a double change at half-time. He sacrificed Ely, who was very marked in the 1-0, and also Abdallahi, the big surprise in the eleven. He gave entry to Ximo and Rubén Duarte, changed the drawing, placed a line of four behind and his team managed to balance the game.

Granada maintained its great defensive level, but got stuck in attack. Alavés also did not find a way to harm their rival until 77 '. A cross by Rubén Duarte was finished off by Edgar in a very advantageous position. Rui Silva retaliated for the 1-1 action with a great save that ended with the ball hitting the crossbar. A minute and a half later, Machís gave the reply. Pacheco cleared his header, but the vinotinto did not forgive the rebound and crowned his great game with the goal that puts the rojiblancos as the leader.

Alaves lacked football and strength to compromise the triumph of a Granada that was better and that continues to pulverize records and consolidate its quality leap. On the other hand, Machín and his footballers have a lot of homework to do.Diego Martínez: "Victories give confidence and confidence fuels conviction"

Granada coach Diego Martínez stressed that "victories give confidence and confidence fuels conviction" after winning his team against Alavés (2-1) the third win in a row at the start of the season, two in LaLiga Santander and another in the Europa League.

"I am very happy with the attitude of the team, it has been a very demanding and complicated week that we overcome with the best mark, it is difficult to achieve after victories in such a week after such an atypical preseason," Diego said at a press conference after the shock.

The coach congratulated his team "for having won and, above all, for the effort to want to improve" in a "good game" for Granada in which his team signed "a very good first half". "We deserved to arrive at halftime with triumph. Not much had happened until the goal, but at the end of the first we had chances to score at least one more goal. The second half was more even, we lacked precision even with the scoreboard in favor to specify the counterattacks", He stated as a summary of the match.

Diego was aware that against Alavés they could have "set pieces problems" because "at the level of size there were very unequal pairings", although he believes they supplied it "with attention, lengthening the good moments and with concentration when they were better. The Granada coach highlighted the "conviction" of his team to "continue fighting and believing in victory", and was clear when asked about the great start of the course they are signing, with leadership from LaLiga Santander included.

"We are neither so good now nor were we so bad in preseason for not winning and not scoring, this has just begun and it is a special, difficult year with a lot of wear and tear," he concluded. "The victories give confidence and the confidence feeds the conviction but we are a humble team. Today was the success on our side, hopefully it is for a long time, and when it is not we must continue to trust the team," he added. - EFE

Machín says they competed well but that they have to "change the dynamics"

Deportivo Alavés coach Pablo Machín stressed that his team competed well this Sunday in the game that they lost to Granada 2-1 but that they have to "change the dynamics "and that" victories and points "will give you the" confidence and security "that you lack.

Machín indicated at a press conference after the crash that "the clearest chance" was for his team before 2-1 and that this action determined "a lot" the final score. "We had to recover from his goal and we did well, but we readjusted in the second half. It was planned during the week to play with a line of four if we suffered a lot with their ends, and they have made us suffer," acknowledged the coach from Alavés.

"When the game was more to win, it was 2-1," added Machín, who is clear that Granada and Alavés are "two teams with different dynamics acquired from the previous season" and that they have to "change the negative dynamic "accompanying them.

"I keep that we have competed," said Machín, who remembered the losses of Lucas Pérez and Tomás Pina because they need "everyone's energy" so that, among other things, "the five changes" allow them to "give bite to the team ".

On those absences, he clarified that these two players "were not one hundred percent, they had discomfort", and that they are a team that "no matter how good a footballer is," they need "one hundred percent". "The victories and the points will give us confidence and security in what we are doing," added the Alavés coach, who said that his team need to "be more dominant" in the matches they play. - EFE

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