After completing a practically perfect regular season, with full victories in the fourteen games played, this weekend comes the moment of truth for Badminton Oviedo. The Carbayón team, which closed the first phase of the competition as undefeated leaders, faces this Saturday in Huelva the semifinals of the fight for the title of the Top-8 Division of Honor.
The Asturian team, which starts with the home court factor in its favor in the face of a hypothetical final after the good records harvested in the league, starts as a clear favorite to repeat the winding achieved in the 2014-2015 season. But the feat will not be easy. In front will be Rinconada, fourth classified this season in the league championship, but the most successful team in national badminton.
“Although we have beaten them both in the first leg and in the second leg, I think everything changes in a game. It will be a difficult opponent, very difficult. They have great players with great experience ”, comments the technical director and coach of Badminton Oviedo, César González.
The rival entity is also joined by the fact that the tie will be decided on a single match and, furthermore, on Andalusian lands. “We play each other the whole season in one game. It is a bit complicated to manage. We have to try to make the best of it. Throughout the year we have done it in an extraordinary way “, says the coach.
César González is clear that, whatever happens this weekend, “we have already had a dream season.” However, the Oviedo expedition will travel with the intention of “giving everything to make things difficult for the Rinconada and achieve the goal.”
The carbayones want to continue taking steps in a season to frame. First they got the mathematical classification for the second phase. Then they managed to finish first and also with full triumphs in a season complicated by the covid-19 pandemic, which also touched them closely. And now they want to keep moving forward. “It is our dream and our illusion to be able to play a new final and play it in Oviedo,” adds the technical director.
“Willing to play and enjoy”
But the team is now focused on the semifinals and the dressing room is very optimistic, as Álvaro Leal explains. “We are eager to play, to enjoy and to be able to show that in important matches, such as those that come now, we can also stand up individually and especially as a team.”
If the Badminton Club manages to leave Rinconada, Pitius or Arjonilla out of the competition, who will face each other in the other semifinal, it will be the rival of the Asturian team in the final assault for the league title.