“It was a big stick,” acknowledged the Pitu Abelardo without hot cloths after the defeat of the Alaves at the hands of Osasuna, a direct rival in the fight for permanence, which leaves him in relegation places. The setback at home against the red box (0-1) makes it clear that the Asturian coach’s project is still very green. Abelard landed on Mendizorroza last January 12 and has only been able to add 4 points out of 21 possible, with a single win (against Valladolid), a draw (against Getafe) and five losses.
The demanding calendar that Alavés has had to face in the last month and a half has not helped to consolidate the ideology of Abelard in its second stage in Vitoria, since the babazorro table has been measured in this time to Barcelona (5-1), Real Madrid (1-4), Sevilla (1-2) and Real Sociedad (4-0), four of the top five finishers in the domestic competition. “This is very long, we are going to have a bad time, but I have confidence in them and we will celebrate it,” Abelardo said last Saturday, confident of flying back in the next few days.
In search of the turning point
The next game seems transcendental to gauge the reaction of the babazorro team, which urgently needs a game that marks a turning point in favor of starting to climb positions and put land in between with the relegation zone.
Next Monday, March 8, the Alaves will visit the Betis of Manuel
Pellegrini at Benedict
Villamarin. The Verdiblancos are in their best moment of the season, they have three consecutive victories and it will be a good touchstone to measure Alavés, obliged above all to improve their performance in both areas, their great Achilles heel.