From Marbella to Miranda: Ten months of invisible ascent and descent for Sabadell

Sabadell wakes up again outside of professional football after the decline suffered on the last day. It has been 10 months at Laliga Smartbank with an invisible promotion and an invisible season also for the fans who have not been able to see a Sabadell match since March 1, 2020 when they drew at home against Llagostera. This Tuesday marks 15 months and with the feeling of emptiness that leaves not having seen his team in the silver category.

At least Antonio Hidalgo’s team fought to the end

After winning in Miranda de Ebro by 0-2 and losing Logroñés to UD Las Palmas, the carom of results was not completed with the defeats of Rayo and Espanyol. They were just one point from Lugo.´

It has been an invisible season for the Sabadell fans who could not enjoy the promotion or the 21 games in the silver category.

Green shoots

Despite all this, Sabadell remained in the fight until the end with coach Antonio Hidalgo who remained in charge and showed his face during the 42 days after being responsible for saving the team from relegation to the Third Division in 2019 and to achieve promotion in 2020.

Thus, the team remained in the fight until the end with several proper names. Ian Mackay under sticks as the goalkeeper who has made the most saves in the season at Laliga Smartbank.

Midfielder Stoichkov with 11 goals kept the team key in many games. Without a doubt, the player from Cádiz on loan from Mallorca was the best reinforcement.

Veteran players such as defender Óscar Rubio – author of three goals – and protagonists of the promotion such as Grego Sierra, Adri Cuevas among others.

This Tuesday, President Esteve Calzada will speak at a press conference about the situation of the club.

The keys to relegation

1 – A sorry start

Sabadell started the league a week later after climbing at the end of July 2020. A short preparation and field problems to train with the Nova Creu Alta works were the prelude to a bad start. They lost the first five games to Rayo Vallecano (2-1), Mallorca (1-0), Espanyol (0-1), Mirandés (0-2) and Albacete (3-0). The opening match against Almería was delayed until November and they also lost it (1-2). Only rarely did he leave the relegation zone. He scored his first point on matchday eight after a goalless draw in Zaragoza.

2- Five months without winning at home

Sabadell accumulated up to five months and four days without winning at Nova Creu Alta. From November 22, 2020 when they beat UD Las Palmas 3-1 until April 26, 2021 when they beat Mallorca 1-0. In between eleven games without winning with two losses and nine draws in a row. He only improved his figures with three wins in the last four meetings. He added 24 points. Only bottom player Albacete scored fewer points. twenty-one

3- Bad results against direct rivals

It is striking that Sabadell has only added three points in total, against Logroñés, Castellón and Albacete, the three teams that accompany him to the First RFEF. Instead, he was able to beat Mallorca (1-0), Leganés (1-0) and Rayo Vallecano (2-0) three of the top six finishers.

4 – Lack of reinforcements in the winter market

Sabadell wasted the winter market to strengthen and improve a team that was in the relegation zone. In fact, he had a free place throughout the season that was never filled. In January, forward Alvaro Vázquez arrived, on loan from Sporting de Gijón and defender Jesús Olmo and forward David Astals were dropped. Vázquez accumulated three injuries in four months and his background ended in a blank without goals or assists. Sports director José Manzanera tried the arrival of several players on the last day of the market but the desired ones did not arrive

5- Points lost at the end

Sabadell lost many games in the final stretch. In the first three games against Rayo, Mallorca and Espanyol conceded goals from minute 84. Almería won at Nova Creu Alta in minute 93 and Lugo scored a penalty in the same minute for the equalizer to be cited. just a few examples. In addition to conceding, he also wasted a penalty in favor in the 90th minute against Albacete.