“ELCHE FC” IS BACK IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE

But made an unforgivable mistake

As always, football passions are running high in Spain. The highest football league in Spain is now mid-season. “Elche”, Spanish football club from the same-name city, founded in 1923. The club was at the peak of success in the 1960’s-70’s, when it was a regular participant in the Spanish premier league. It became the champion in “Segundo” in 2013. In this season “Real Madrid” beat Elche by a score of 2:1. The victory of “Real” has caused a lot of controversy, and the majority insist that the victory was tortured and ambiguous. Coach Francisco Escriba and team captain David Henerelo kindly agreed to comment on the match with the “Real” and tell readers “BOMOND Magazine” about their plans for the near future.

Nice to meet you, David and Francisco! Tell me, please, how you joined “Elche” FC?

David: We just went to the Premier League in the team of the “Real Zaragosa “, the coach told me that this season will be much worse than the last. He also advised me to leave the team for my development. I was feeling my life was very pleasant with “Zaragosa” and decided to leave it only when I got an offer from such a strong and interesting team like FC “Elche”.

Francisco: During the 7 years I was the second coach of Quique Sanchez Flores in the most famous teams like “Getafe”, “Valencia”, “Benfica” and “Atlético de Madrid”. After that I decided to start a solo career as a coach, and “Elche” gave me the opportunity to turn this into reality. In the first year we were able to achieve the highest category in Spanish league football championship, and this year we are competing with the best teams.

Are you satisfied with your matches this season in the Premiership League? Maybe there is a problem in some component of the game? In your opinion, prevented the victory of “Elche” in the match with “Real Madrid”?

David: I give a high rating to the work of the team, and sometimes it seems to me that we receive fewer points than we really deserve. We trained hard for this away match, and we feel optimistic about the future.

Francisco: It’s football. We behaved very decently with such a significant team as “Real Madrid”. We played with all our strength and did everything we could. We “minimized” “Madrid” in all respects, and there was an impression, that they almost posed no hazard to us. We made an unforgivable mistake during a penalty, so now we are currently working towards improvement in this area.

Francisco, in your opinion, which is the most-fancied team with real style for the game?

Francisco: Of course, I can cite as an example the team of my childhood – “Badajoz”. After all, this is the city where I was born, and I feel affection towards Badajoz. But seriously, I really like “Barcelona” FC, their style of play and their desire to achieve more.

David, in your opinion, tell us three leaders of Spanish league football championship. Who are the strongest contenders?

David: It is clear that the Spanish league has 2 teams that are of an order of magnitude greater above the rest. One of them will be a winner. But this year, they have a formidable opponent in “Atletico de Madrid”, which has already managed to make themselves known. The season will last for quite a long time, and they will have to work hard, but it’s a good team with a great coach.

How do you see the near future of the team?

Francisco: We are confident and well-trained team. I believe that if we continue in the same direction, we will please our fans with our return to the Premier League. We work every day to achieve the goal that was set at the beginning of the season: to stay in the first category.

By Aliona ZEMSKOVA

INSET:

Francisco: We played with all our strength and did everything we could. We “minimized” “Madrid” in all respects, and there was an impression, that they almost posed no hazard to us. We made an unforgivable mistake during a penalty, so now we are currently working towards improvement in this area.

David: “We were treated unfairly”