Real Zaragoza face Real Betis at 7:00 p.m. this Wednesday at the Ciudad de Málaga stadium to close their training camp on the Costa del Sol which started last Saturday, July 30, and will end tomorrow with the return trip.
Sevilla, flagship team a few seasons ago in the First Division, vand suppose the great test of quality for the zaragocistas, to only eight days for the first league party in Las Palmas. Nothing to do with the potential of the Verdiblancos with that of the two Saudi opponents that Carcedo’s team also faced during this stay in Marbella, Al Shabab (2-1 victory) and Al Nassr (defeat by the same 1-2) .
Those of Manuel Pellegrini, Chilean coach of the Betic team, they have a team with great potential in La Liga and, although they continue with the chip of the pre-campaign, they are a priori a serious touchstone to know the level of solvency that Real Zaragoza can present at the start of the new championship.
The blanquillos will face former Zaragoza players Borja Iglesias and Willian José. And, with more or less minutes, the internationals Joaquín, Bartra, Canales, the Algerian Fekir, the Chilean goalkeeper Bravo, the Portuguese William Carvalho or the Argentinian Pezzella, among other renowned names in the Spanish championship.
Betis has just played four preparatory friendlies without much brilliance, which did not please its supporters and those around it. For him, this afternoon against Real Zaragoza, almost at home, they will be forced to please. They drew against Austrians Grodig, of the third division, 0-0. They then lost 2-1 to Dutch side PSV Eindhoven. They drew 1-1 against Olympique de Marseille and a few hours ago lost 1-0 to Brentford in England. They didn’t win and only scored two goals (both headers), by striker Juanmi and youth team player Rodri.
The Ciudad de Málaga Municipal Stadium is not the usual venue for football matches. Nothing to do with La Rosaleda. It is located in another point of the city, wall to wall of the Malaga basketball pavilion, the Martín Carpena, and this facility is used for athletics. The event is organized by the company that manages the Marbella Football Center, which will put on sale a large part of the 7,600 seats available in the only side stand of this unique stadium, at the price of 12 euros. It’s a way to give relevance to the event, to remove it from the daily training camps and thus make it accessible to many fans who will come to see the summer event in situ.
Last night, it was assured that the condition of the turf, recently reviewed by the teams, is in good condition for a match of this caliber. It will be the seventh friendly match for the Zaragoza players, who will still need the corollary of their pre-campaign next Sunday in Girona against the local team, clash agreed entirely behind closed doors, an unprecedented rarity. Those of Carcedo are still immersed in an obvious lack of definition, failing to curdle at least half a dozen starts and make three or four key signings.
Carcedo begins to define a base eleven
In the six friendlies that preceded today’s match against Betis, those played against Aragón, Lleida, Teruel, Nástic, Al Shabab and Al Nassr, Real Zaragoza coach Juan Carlos Carcedo has adapted to the usual guidelines of fielding mixed teams, with massive changes and a distribution of minutes in each player so as not to overload their physical configuration. From today, the coach will vary this method in search of a basic starting XI with which to start the championship in Las Palmas next week.
“Until now, we had to give people the necessary rotations within a group of many games in a few days. But it is clear that from this clash against Betis, and of course the next day in Girona, we will put together a tighter team for the competition.”announces Carcedo. “It’s time to see who fits best, what associations there are and to define the starting team a little more,” adds the Riojan.