Interesting and complicated duel that faces the Amorebieta on Wednesday to start the second round of the league championship. The Blues receive from 19:00 in Urritxe the Cultural and Sports Leonesa, one of the ‘roosters’ of this Group II of the Bronze Division. Those of José Manuel Aira are second in the table with 38 points, ten more than the zornotzarras, in the eighth position and with an interesting mattress of points on the danger zone.
«We have finished the first round well and we have to start the second one better», launches Iñigo Vélez de Mendizabal. «This Wednesday is a great game against the second classified, a team that is called to fight to move up to second Division. We will have to give our best version to win on our own merits, ”he adds.
The zornotzarras want to start off this second half of the competition on a good footing, and with that, improve the figures harvested in Urritxe, which has been their Achilles heel for too many games. To do this, they must defeat an opponent who stands out especially for his offensive facet. “It is a team that has a lot of goal, a lot of arrival, second-line people … It has very good players in front, with many variants … It is a very offensive team that is showing that it will be up,” describes the coach the Blues. Certainly, Cultural is one of the group’s most scoring teams with 35 goals scored.
«I think it will be a nice game because they are going to offer offensive football. They will not come to Urritxe to change the way they play, as is happening to us in recent games with other rivals. They will come to win, and we will also go out to win, ”says Vélez, who says that“ in the face of this type of equipment that offensively has many variants, we must take advantage of transitions, thefts ”. “They are going to go for the match and, surely, they will not be as closed as it has been in the last matches. That will give us options in attack », continues the head of the bench Urritxe.
In this sense, Vélez points out not feeling worried since «my team always creates occasions». Although he also points out that “if we have more effectiveness, the better. More if it fits in this type of matches ». «In this case, you have to try to create half a dozen and put two or three, because they will also have theirs. Hopefully they will not materialize, ”he says.
A point in favor of the blues is, as the Gasteiztarra coach himself points out, that “this type of match is good for us.” They already showed it in the inaugural meeting of the season in the Kingdom of León, where they managed to scratch an important tie to one. «We have also been given Bilbao Athletic, Osasuna, Valladolid … they are all powerful teams in attack. We assume that risk, and they don’t defend with so many people behind the ball. That is what we have to take advantage of, ”he says.
In spite of being more than ten days without competing officially for the clash of the Leonese cupper – who managed to get ahead and that has led to the Atlético de Madrid being measured in the next tie – the Amorebieta players arrive at this match “Very motivated.” Everyone is aware that “it takes a plus to win this match against one of the best rivals in the category.”
From the Cultural bench, José Manuel Aira does not hesitate to point out that the Amorebieta «forces you to be very attentive, in very fast-paced, round-trip matches, in which transitions are key». «They are clear about the direct game plan, always. It forces us to adapt, we must be strong in the dispute, second play, adjust well. The Amorebieta has a direct game worked, with automatisms, with mobility above. Renounce the association in the first phase and look for the direct shipment and second move to find centers in the area, ”he says.
For this meeting, Iñigo Vélez maintains only the doubts of Micaló, who already trains with the group normally, and of Ortega, recovered from his ankle problems. In the Leon side, midfielder Juan Carlos Menudo is confirmed low by a blow to the sole.