Espanyol returns to Anduva in a delicate situation

El Mirandés seeks to emulate the cup-winning feat of nine years ago against the great candidate for promotion to First Division. The parakeet box accumulates two consecutive draws.


That Iván Martín is reincarnated in Pablo Infante or that Vivian does it in César Caneda. The Vitorian center-back achieved with his head, in the last breath, the classification of Mirandés for his first Cup semifinals. An indelible memory for the Red team that hopes that his team will emulate, now in the Silver category, that resounding feat (continues the game live on .

The pupils of José Alberto started the second round of competition on the right foot, although the painful defeat suffered in Alcorcón has sting a lot in the Mirandesista squad. The visit of the parakeet box, surely, will serve as a stimulus to try to return to the path of triumph. Especially in Anduva where the team needs to recover lost sensations in recent games.

The Asturian coach recovers Javi Jiménez, who will be from the game on the left side. The Dominican Carlos Julio will return to his usual position on the right, due to the resignation of Víctor Gómez due to the so-called 'fear clause'. Moha will also miss the duel for this circumstance.

For its part, Espanyol is going through the worst moment of the season, although it is not recognized in the press room. Outside the direct promotion zone, with problems to dominate the games and in their worst defensive streak (they have a goal for each match in this second round), Vicente Moreno's men cannot miss more points if they want to return to First. The coach defends the group and recovers two key players. Pedrosa and Gil return to give wings to a team that has just added two Pyrrhic draws, especially the last one against Oviedo.

Moreno will repeat the same skeleton of the last three months, with Keidi Bare and Darder in a midfield that could turn out to be a minefield in Anduva. Puado and Embarba are heads and tails, while RdT can only be judged by their goals, absent in other facets of the game. Not winning will be to extend an agony that grows by days.Keys to the game

- Tactical fight: Mirandés wants to impose their weapons on Anduva's grass to tie up the parakeet.

- Effectiveness: Espanyol scores few goals compared to the one it generates and instead goes through its worst defensive moment by receiving one goal per game in this second round.

- Set pieces: José Alberto has placed special emphasis on strategy actions. This is how Espanyol won the first round match.

- Pressure: Despite starting the games in the rival field, the parakeet team is not hitting the pressure in the rival field, which is preventing them from recovering balls and organizing quick attacks.Aces to follow

- Javi Muñoz. The battle in the center of the field will mark the contest. And there the Madrid milieu will have a guaranteed task.

- Puado. The forward is being Espanyol's fittest player. Not only does he contribute goals and assists, but in the last match he even played as a right-back.

Previous statements

José Alberto López, Mirandés coach: "We want to be ourselves as always. If we go to the last game, in the first half everyone recognized the team, but the first goal did us a lot of damage. Against Espanyol we will try not to find yourself comfortable "

"We have to play a practically perfect match to win and they do not have their best day, but we are convinced that we can raise war. His situation makes him more dangerous. He is an opponent who has been injured after two negative results"

Vicente Moreno, Espanyol coach: "We have received a series of goals in the last few days that are too many, taking into account the rival occasions. It is important to concede little and not to achieve"

"I am calm. The team is prepared for everything that may come. It gives us security. The coach's job is not only the technical-tactical field, but also the management. Sometimes it is seen and sometimes not. With these players I will war "

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