“I have to admit that I was not aware of the draw. I found out about the game because a friend called me,” confesses Miguel Espejo. Luck has decided that Granada B is the last rival of Real Avilés in their fight to win the long-awaited promotion to the First Federation. This duel will be special for Espejo. During his career as a footballer, the Avilesino defended the white and red and white colors in the 80s, the two teams that remained in his heart. “This match makes me excited. I’ll be on the field cheering on Avilés, that’s for sure,” says the defender, who stayed in Granada for love and now runs a restaurant.
“I grew up at Ensidesa, I spent my entire childhood in that team. It was one of the best soccer schools I’ve known,” recalls Espejo, who was part of the Real Avilés Industrial first team after the merger between Ensidesa and Real Avilés. . “I was one of those who launched the new team,” jokes the man from Aviles, who keeps great memories of his time as a blue and white.
After being relegated to the Third Division, the defender decided to pack his bags to try his luck outside of Asturias. After signing for Palencia, where he had a great season, Granada knocked on his door. “I spent two incredible years. It’s a fantastic city,” admits Espejo. After his time at the Nasrid club, he played for teams like Lleida or Jaén. Hanging up his boots, he decided to settle in Andalusia, where his wife is from.
“My brother (Javi Espejo, former player of Avilés) keeps me informed of all the news about the team. He goes to the field a lot and he has told me that things are changing,” explains Espejo, who knows Diego Baeza’s work to revive football from Aviles. . “I like to see the pitch fill up again. They’re on the rise and it’s normal for people to get excited. In my time we were close to full almost every day,” says the former defender, who will be part of the blue and white fans present at the field of Granada B.
Although he is beginning to recover the itch for the world of soccer, Espejo is no longer as tied to the ball as before. “I dedicated myself more to the family and my business, because with football I didn’t have time for anything else,” says the man from Aviles, who was sports director of Granada Atlético and was part of the Technical Committee of the Granada Federation. Despite this, the former blue and white warns of the danger of Granada B. “It is a young team, with very talented youth players and first team players. They run a lot and, with their freshness, they are always involved in the game,” he analyzes.
Espejo highlights the work of Juan Antonio Milla, technician of the Nasrid painting. When it comes to getting wet with a winner, the Avilesino doubts. “Experience is a degree, but they are very well worked,” reveals the Spaniard. Of course, he makes it clear. “I hope Avilés gets something positive out of his visit to Granada,” he says. He will be in the stands to give the necessary push to those of Cañedo.
Cañedo: “Granada B has a lot of investment in players”
Emilio Cañedo, coach of Real Avilés, highlighted the complexity of his rival in the promotion final to the First Federation, Granada B. “It is a team with quality and that has a lot of investment in footballers,” said the blue and white coach. “Granada B is the most difficult rival to analyze, since it is very unpredictable,” said the coach.
The first leg, on Sunday 4 at 7:00 p.m. Real Avilés will play the first leg against Granada B next Sunday the 4th at 7:00 p.m. The stage will be the Nuevo Los Cármenes, since Granada has finished its season.
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