Tenerife and Valladolid will seek access to the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey, in a match in which some of the players with less participation in the league will play a leading role.
The tie, which will be played in a single match, will face two teams that, without giving up progress in the competition, prioritize the objective of ensuring the permanence of their respective categories.
It will be the third round of Copa del Rey in which Tenerife and Valladolid intersect. The pucelano set achieved the pass in the previous two, in 1991 and 2016.
The Tenerife team, which seeks to eliminate a First Division team in the cup championship 19 years later, faces Wednesday’s commitment to the derby against Las Palmas just around the corner.
Faced with the accumulation of matches during this month, the Valencian Rubén Baraja prepares changes in the alignment of Tenerife, which will dominate the less usual in the league.
Adrián Ortolá, who has lost the last three games due to a hand injury caused by a domestic accident at Christmas, will once again occupy the Tenerife goal, while the debut of striker Joselu as blue and white is expected.
They will not be available to Rubén Baraja due to an injury Nahuel Leiva, Álex Bermejo, Ramón Miérez and Borja Lasso.
Valladolid will present several novelties with a view to the game against Tenerife in order to dose the players, since on Sunday Real Madrid will visit José Zorrilla.
The coach, Sergio González, has prepared a list that includes the players of the subsidiary El Hacen, Kike Pérez, Alende and Miguel.
Players like Fede Barba and Álvaro Aguado have not entered the call because, as Sergio González explained, “his departure from the club is in the final stretch.”
For his part, Javi Sánchez will be able to play “his first minutes” in an official match, something that makes the coach especially happy, since “he is a player who has had bad luck with injuries but is hardworking, constant and deserves to have minutes to go having a rhythm of competition ».
Being a single match eliminator, the only objective is to win and “move on to the next round”, hence the coach has chosen players wanting to claim and not having in mind the arrival of Real Madrid in League, this coming Sunday.
Sergio González is aware that playing on the islands “is not easy”, not only because of the long displacement but also because it “influences mentally”, but for that it is important to try to isolate yourself from the stage and “get to be ourselves doing the game that We know how to do, ”he explained in a press conference.
After obtaining a tie against Osasuna in the league, with a change in the tactical scheme, going from 4-4-2 to 5-3-2, with three centrals, Sergio González plans to repeat it again when the situation requires it, since it allows you to have another option to surprise the rivals.
As he commented in the previous Copa event, the coach said that not going round “would not mean a failure but a blow”, since Valladolid “has the responsibility, as a team of First, to remain in the competition”, but ” many things can happen to a game »and, in addition,« if you play well, you never fail, even if you lose it ».
Ortolá; Moore, Carlos Ruiz, Sipcic, Isma López; Javi Alonso, Undabarrena; Malbasic, Elliot Gómez; Jorge Padilla and Joselu.
Masip; Porro, Alende, Javi Sánchez, Raúl Carnero; Óscar Plano, Hervías, San Emeterio, Waldo; Miguel and Sandro.
I measured Jiménez (Catalan Committee).
Heliodoro Rodríguez López.
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