Palma, Feb 4 (EFE).- Javier Aguirre, Real Mallorca’s Mexican coach, admitted that his team “will suffer” this Sunday at Son Moix because “Madrid always makes it difficult for you and is a clear favourite,” he emphasized when analyzing the visit of the madridistas to Palma in the match corresponding to the twentieth day of the Santander League.
«Madrid is very difficult to get a hand on. When you think you have it under control, his individual and collective talent appears. They are very vertical and we have to be very attentive. We cannot lose focus for a second because their players have a lot of quality,” Aguirre warned.
The “Vasco” referred to the enormous expectation created on the island due to the visit of the team led by Italian Carlo Ancelotti.
«Playing against Madrid is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so I don’t have to say anything to my players in a very calm week emotionally. But we come from a defeat (2-0 against Cádiz), we are playing at home and they are three very important points so as not to lose the advantage we have over relegation. My team has to show their faces, we will surely suffer but I have good feelings, “he said.
Asked about the statements of captain Antonio Raillo in which he assured that “he would never set Vinícius as an example to his children”, alluding to the exchange of words he had with the Brazilian in the defeat (4-1) of the first round in the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, replied that he has not “touched on that topic” with the Cordovan defender.
«This week I have seen Raillo training well and we have not touched on that subject. He would be unable to tell you what he has to declare or not. Yes, I have commented with my players that they do not use social networks to vent anger over some arbitration decisions, because then a very big snowball is made, “he said.
The Mallorcan coach also referred to Gabriel Paulista’s kick to Vinícius Júnior in the game last Thursday, which resulted in the expulsion of the Valencia defender: «I have seen the scene and I share the statements I have heard from Ancelotti, Voro ( Valencia coach) and Paulista himself. The kick is not justifiable, of course, and is the result of frustration. My players are warned, although in a game it is normal for there to be friction and everything can be seen. In my time (as a player) it was different. Now there are microphones and cameras in the locker room tunnels that see you, even if you pick a snot, “he explained.
Aguirre also gave his opinion on the casualties of Karim Benzema and Éder Militao for this Sunday’s clash in Palma.
“They are two very important players for Madrid. Benzema was the best player in the world last year, he is breaking records at Madrid, which is no small feat, and Militao has been doing things well. I am never happy if the rival cannot count on his best players », he remarked.
The Aztec coach also appreciated the incorporation of four footballers in the winter transfer window, the Swedes Dennis Hadzikadunic (FK Rostov), Ludwig Augustinsson (Sevilla), the Spanish Manu Morlanes (Villarreal) and the Colombian Daniel Luna (Deportivo Cali).
“Hadzikadunic and Agustinsson are players with a similar profile, Morlanes is a bet for the institution for the future and Luna is a quality young man, although he comes to the subsidiary,” said Javier Aguirre.