Las Palmas goes on an excursion to the Principality

In times of pandemic, with the COVID-19 without rest, the Gran Canaria expedition will stay three days in Asturias to play on Saturday in Oviedo.


As a canned excuse lacking any consistency, Las Palmas and Tenerife face each season, on numerous occasions, with mentions of the benefits of their climate and even time zone as an advantageous condition to face a football match. The last to get on the bandwagon was the CD Lugo coach, Luis César Sampedro, who, using his work experience on the island of Teide, as if he had learned little and much less remembered, wanted to 'denounce' that the trip and the weather insular were playing against their team. Boy they did: 6-1 against.

Sampedro was just the latest in a list that grows every year. A list that distills a message without substance. It happens that both UD Las Palmas and CD Tenerife take at least 21 planes each year, as many as away games, each trip to the mainland implying the corresponding time change, none of these flights less than two hours long.

Things of connectivity, trips can take longer than desired. Also in pandemic times, with COVID-19 lurking around every corner and with authorities systematically warning about the need to reduce mobility as much as possible. A mobility that, in the case of Spanish professional football, reduces the transit of footballers who play away from home from the hotel to the stadium and from there, to the airport.

However, everything turns against UD itself this week. It happens that the yellow expedition that has to face the game this Saturday faces a three-day excursion to the Principality, with the consequent decrease in the quality of the training before and after the games that Pepe Mel has denounced so many times. Thus, the team moves to Oviedo on Friday at 9:45 am, with the return scheduled for Sunday at 5:55 pm. Accommodation is scheduled in that city, but two training sessions will take place, on Friday at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m., at Mareo, the hideout of Sporting de Gijón, which implies new trips.

Insularity, more than ever this season, will cost Las Palmas dearly. Pepe Mel already said it last week: "The complaints about the time change are an anecdote." Let them tell the Canarian teams.

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