Falling into the Di Stéfano against Real Madrid falls within the logic of Eibar, however the negative streak that links the gunsmith team makes believing in permanence become little less than an exercise of faith. José Luis Mendilibar’s team added their twelfth consecutive game this weekend without knowing the victory. Twelve matches in which they have only achieved 4 points out of 36 possible, placing Eibar in a delicate position (penultimate) to get salvation for one more season.
The armorer himself acknowledged after the match against Madrid that his team will have to suffer more than ever to remain in the elite, although he was hopeful to achieve this difficult goal. “It could take a year to find ourselves in this situation of suffering, but as much as this we have not suffered. We know that we are a team that we have to suffer and let’s see if we really know how to suffer, as a small team. That does not mean that we lower our arms, we are going to make people see that we know how to suffer and that each game is going to cost them a lot on the contrary. We know the calendar and we depend on us even if we are on the decline, “he said.
The truth is that Eibar is in serious trouble. To date he is penultimate with 23 points, but it invites some optimism to see that salvation is “only” three points away – four counting that he has the “average” lost against Elche, the one that marks the relegation zone.
The problem comes from seeing the terrible streak that the gunsmith team is going through and the difficult calendar ahead. Eibar has 9 ‘finals’ left and only one of them is against a direct rival for salvation. Alavés will visit Ipurua in five days, but before Mendilibar’s men face Levante and Real Sociedad at home and Atlético and Granada away. Then there will be uncomfortable rivals such as Getafe, Betis Valencia and Barcelona that will undoubtedly make it difficult to add some vital points to achieve the miracle of permanence.