Barely Twenty days have passed since Javi Calleja took the reins of Alavés, bottom at the beginning of April when the Madrid coach replaced ‘Pitu’ Abelardo at the head of the bench.
Since then, an applauded sprint to resuscitate an Alavés who was sinking as a bottom at the beginning of April and that now he has caught oxygen and sees the descent zone at two points, a gap that separates him from Valladolid, the first tenant of hell.
He is still in danger, how could it be otherwise, but the recent hot streak has catapulted the slime foxes out from hell. Just since Calleja landed on the bench. And it is that the Alavés has scored eight of the last 12 points in dispute. Or what is the same, in the last four games he has achieved two draws (against Athletic and Valencia, both away) and two victories (Huesca and Villarreal, both at home).
A valuable streak that has earned him jumping off the queue, a cushion of gold points view the tight and close fight which is kept low to ensure salvation.
After the good point scratched by those of Calleja in Mestalla, next Sunday a full-fledged ‘final’ awaits them, a dog-face duel.
Gold tie at Mestalla
Alavés visit Ipura to see their faces against the current bottom, Eibar, a direct rival in the fight for permanence and that will leave the one who bends the knee very touched. Lane you will not be able to count on the injured Ely, Córdoba, Duarte and Pellistri, which continue with their respective recovery processes.
Burgui, With some discomfort in his knee, he did not exercise on Sunday with the rest of his teammates, so today, when the team returns to work, they will be watching his evolution.
Saturday’s momentous match against Eibar will not be the only one that Alavés play against a direct rival in the fight for salvation, in this final stretch of the championship. And it is that on May 11, Calleja’s team will visit Martínez Valero to cope with Elche, which right now has only one point less than the Basques and is the first team outside the relegation zone. The Alavés has taken a breath with Calleja but a heart attack month still awaits him.