Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (EFE).- UD Las Palmas coach Xavi García Pimienta hopes his team will be “true to themselves” when they host UD Ibiza this Saturday, with the intention to take the ball from them to “disrupt and subdue” an opponent with a pattern of play similar to that of the yellow team.
The Catalan coach highlighted the Balearic side who come to the game “at the right time” and present a “dangerous” mix of veterans and youngsters, with players who “got the idea” from their coach, Javier Baraja, and one of them, the veteran Nolito, “who does not forgive and makes the difference”.
Pimienta assures that if UD Las Palmas play at their “maximum level”, they are capable of beating “any team”, and they must also assert the pitch factor, “with our supporters and their support”.
The Barcelona coach has stressed that a result like the last game cannot “repeat”, with a 3-3 last visit to CD Mirandés as they topped 1-3 in the dying minutes. “You have to be focused until the end”, he underlined, but he excludes that there was a physical slowdown, as the captain, Jonathan Viera, had hinted the day before at a press conference.
Pimienta has also ruled out any decisions he makes on tomorrow’s line-up being tied to next week’s tight schedule, with back-to-back visits to Lugo and Ponferradina on the 12th and 15th respectively.
As for proper names, he assured that central defender Saúl Coco -although he was changed due to a first-half injury to Miranda de Ebro- and Romanian striker Florin Andone trained “normally ” and will be available.
Asked about the Brazilian defender Sidnei, absent from his plans in recent games, he assures that he has him, but he had to give “opportunities” to other central defenders in the workforce like Saúl Coco or Álex Suárez.
A separate case is that of Vitolo Machín, who “has been doing all the tasks of the group for about two weeks” and could “be called up”, but remembers that it’s been a long time “without competition and even without training”, so they don’t want rushing with someone “who is making a brutal effort to become a footballer again”. EFE