Imanol: ‘Eibar is risking their lives and we, too’





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Imanol
Sheriff admires Mendilibar, has a deep-rooted Basque feeling, but it will not have mercy on a team like Eibar, which the Real will end up condemning to death in case of winning tomorrow in Ipurua. “We are competitive, the team and I and the three points are very, very important, that does not change.” You can only feel some empathy for the provincial rival when the match ends: “When it’s over and we’ve won, I will be sad to see Eibar there and Mendilibar, which is a reference for me ”. He acknowledges that “I would like Eibar to continue in the First Division”, but he only thinks about the designs of his team.

We are competitive, the team and I and the three points are very, very important, that does not change

Although there is a difference of 27 points between Real and Eibar, “he predicts that the game“ will not be easy ”, among other reasons because“ it is a derby, we play Ipurua and for them it is a life or death match, but for us too ”. It is evident that Eibar is risking their lives, with that current disadvantage of seven points with respect to salvation, but for the moment Real is not guaranteed their participation in Europe either: “We both have a great need”, recalls the coach of the real.

There are not only two rivals

The Oriotarra disagrees with those who think that the European places below the fourth will be shared with certainty between Real, Betis and Villarreal: “There are more teams and there are many points left. You have to be vigilant because many of those in the middle zone are thinking of reaching those at the top ”. The coach of the Real predicts that until there are “two days” it will not be clarified “why we are going to play” and “which teams” we are going to be in the fight ”.

The two teams have a lot of need

In order to Imanol, more than ever it is key to be right “in both areas” and is “optimistic” with regard to the options of his team despite his historical negative on the Eibar court, where he has only won one of the six games he has played. contested in the highest category. Remember that “we won the last one and we tied the previous one, they are not bad results.”

No excuses despite the casualties

La Real undertakes the duel again with eight casualties, six of them due to injury, but for Imanol “there are no excuses”. Despite still not being able to count on the best interpreters of his style, Silva, Merino and Illarramendi, “We will try to play with personality, to see if we are able to play our game.” He emphasizes that especially tomorrow “it is very important to dominate the areas”.

It is surprising to see Eibar so off the hook, when in the previous six seasons it has been an extraordinarily competitive opponent. In order to Imanol, the current team of Mendilibar “It is not so far from Eibar as it has always been.” He believes that he has collapsed due to “small details” and in “specific moments”, “they have not had the success and the fortune it takes to win in the elite.”

The euphoria with Zamora, an example

La Real faces Eibar on the day they celebrate the 40th anniversary of their first league title, achieved thanks to a goal from Zamora in Gijón. ImanolLike any Gipuzkoan, he remembers how he lived that moment: “Screaming, as you saw me do in the Cup, crying and celebrating like just another fan. I was at home, enjoying it as one more ”. The coach notices other indelible details for any person from Gipuzkoa: “I remember the famous tray they brought out and the arrival of the champions in all the towns. Let’s hope we get the victory and remember that day with joy.

I lived Zamora’s goal screaming, as you saw me do in the Cup, crying and celebrating like one more fan

The coach also gives the example of the hero of that afternoon from Gijón, who, in the interview he gives to MD, acknowledges that he played that decisive match touched: “I read that he spent the whole week without being able to train and played the whole game in a muddy field ”. And here the Oriotarra technician dictates sentence. “If you don’t play with pain, you don’t know what the Real or the elite are.”

Zamora played that game without being able to train; If you don’t play with pain, you don’t know what the Real or the elite are