Granada measures its hangover this Saturday, after playing Wednesday in Bilbao against Athletic Club the first leg of the semifinals of the Cup, against Real Valladolid, which is presented at Nuevo Los Cármenes without Hatem Ben Arfa or Brazilian Matheus Fernandes as the king of the tie of LaLiga Santander, with eleven matched in 23 games.
The formation directed by Diego Martínez faces the clash before a direct opponent due to the permanence with fatigue after the effort of San Mamés but also very depleted by the casualties, since he probably does not have enough players in his first squad to compose the call.
After a stretch of complicated calendar, the rojiblancos watch their next meetings, the first is against Valladolid, with the intention of leaving the stay practically closed.
Possible alignment of Granada against Real Valladolid
The forward Roberto Soldado and the Portuguese central Domingos Duarte, two key players in the coach’s schemes, cannot play for card accumulation.
In addition, it is not clear that the French side Dimitri Foulquier can participate in the clash, outside Granada in recent days with permission from the club for family reasons, nor the attacker Antonio Puertas, who had to replace Bilbao due to injury.
They all join the five players who have been injured for several weeks: the defenders Álex Martínez, Joaquín Marín ‘Quini’ and the Colombian Neyder Lozano, the half Angel Montoro and the half point Fede Vico, although the latter could return to the call to the have almost completed its set-up.
The alignment of Granada, which trains on Friday afternoon behind closed doors at Nuevo Los Cármenes and will offer its call on Saturday morning, will not vary in excess of that of the Bilbao party, although the central Jesús Vallejo will return to it and the end Álvaro Vadillo.
Possible alignment of Real Valladolid against Granada
Neither the Frenchman Hatem Ben Arfa nor the Brazilian Matheus Fernandes will enter the list of Real Valladolid summoned for the match that will face Granada this Saturday, since the team coach, Sergio González, prefers to give them more time to find their best version.
Although he has not yet facilitated this call, the Catalan coach has already announced the absence of the last two additions to the Blanquivioleta team, as well as confirmed the losses of Joaquín and Nacho and the recovery of Guardiola as an offensive reference.
Nor did he want to give clues about the scheme that he will develop before the Andalusian team, although everything points to that he will keep the 4-4-2, with Guardiola and Ünal, who is in a great moment of form, as more advanced players, and repeating the rest of the players who competed at the start against Villarreal.
In this case, the objective of Sergio González is to take advantage of those good feelings and seek a new victory, in this case, before an opponent who has added 70% of his points in his stadium, the New Los Cármenes, which makes clear the difficulty of displacement, as the technician warned.
In his opinion, Granada “forms a good block, which knows what it plays, more on the outside than on the inside, which is intense and aggressive, that squeezes, jumps, and that allows it to have second options,” which should avoid to take the initiative in the game and look for the local area from the beginning.
The key will be to “match” the intensity of the Andalusian team, which has allowed him to “lock” his feud, since there they have only been able to rate Sevilla, Real Sociedad, Atlético de Madrid and Levante.
In fact, Real Valladolid, to date, has only achieved one victory in Granada, in the highest category of national football, since the other four matches between both teams resulted in three losses and one draw.
Granada: Rui Silva; Víctor Díaz, Vallejo, Germán, Carlos Neva; Gonalons, Yan Eteki, Yangel Herrera; Vadillo, Machís, Carlos Fernández.
R. Valladolid: Masip; Moyano, Kiko Olivas, Salisu, Raúl Carnero; Óscar Plano, Míchel, Alcaraz, Toni Villa; Guardiola, Ünal.
Referee: Juan Martínez Munuera (Valencian Committee).
Stadium: New Los Cármenes.
Time: 21.00 CET (20.00 GMT).
Television: Movistar and MiTele.