Córdoba CF, in good spirits and with good reasons against Montijo

In case it needed any more stimulation, Córdoba CF found an extra incentive in a promotional campaign for its rival, the Montijothat through its official channels it used images of the hardest defeat of the blanquiverdes in its recent history -the one it suffered in The Archangel against the Betis subsidiary and which was a decisive push for relegation- to encourage his team before this Sunday’s game at the stadium Emilio Macarro. “You can beat them, they are not invincible,” the Montijano club harangued. The first response was immediate in the green and white entity: “We are not ashamed of where we come from because we are clear about where we are going.” The second and definitive part of this bitter film will arrive on the artificial grass of a field in which a high emotional temperature is expected.

“I think it’s not the right thing to do. In the end, there are many ways to motivate your players, your fans, your team… but not by laughing at your neighbour’s evil”, stressed Germán Crespo on the eve of a duel as special as all those left to Córdoba until that certifies his title of champion and his mathematical rise in category. In the best of combinations -possible, but unlikely- he could do it before returning to El Arcángel on April 9. Everything happens to win in his next two outings: Montijo and Cacereño. “We have to be totally focused on the game,” insists the Blanquiverde coach, who urges his team to “not make mistakes” and know how to “read the game” at all times because he is clear that “it won’t be easy.”

Without Ekaitz, with José Ruiz and Perdomo

The Basque left-back will not appear at the Emilio Macarro, nor did he do so in the week-to-week clash against Tamaraceite. He suffers from knee problems and also has discomfort in his pubis that increases when he plays on synthetic flooring. Everything points to Dragisa Gudelj be the one who is in that position, which he already played in the last home match although temporarily, since he returned to the center in a defense of three when Crespo changed the tactical drawing that dismantled Tamaraceite (4-0).

The recovery of players who served a sanction such as Jose Ruiz and Omar Perdomo It grants new possibilities to the Nasrid coach, who already revealed at the time the need to carry out rotations to tackle the final stretch of the championship. For Montijo he keeps his letters. The identity of the pair of central defenders and midfielders concentrates the focus, since due to the reduced dimensions of the field, a lot of aerial play and direct football is presumed. “There we can’t go wrong,” stressed Crespo, who will seek a combination of rhythm control with a brave attitude when it comes to fighting and stealing balls.

One factor to take into account is the list of players on sanction, currently made up of Toni Arranz, Luismi Redondo and Antonio Casas. The man from Rambler, who scored his first brace with Córdoba CF against Tamaraceite and became the best scorer in the first four Spanish leagues coming off the bench, is one of the fittest men. His position is delicate, threatened by the fifth card in a hostile scenario like Montijo and with two appointments on the horizon -in the Cacereño field and at home against Villanovense- that can determine the virtual or even mathematical promotion of the team. Willy Ledesma will have the opportunity to contribute his experience in a pressure situation and to rediscover himself with the goal.

The rival: strategy and defense

El Montijo, which has gone from less to more and is having a notable second round, has a behavior similar to that of most of the Blanquiverde opponents. His weapons are in the ball stopped and in its defensive framework to keep your door to zero. In the Emilio Macarro stadium they carry this ideology to the last consequences. They have won eight of their thirteen games, with three draws and two losses. They are not great scorers at home (16), but they are efficient behind: they only received 6 points. There is no better team in the league in this aspect.

Montijo, who lost their last two games -at home 0-1 against San Roque and against Xerez DFC 1-0-, has as coach Juan Marrero, with a past in the Córdoba CF subsidiary. “The forecast was to fight to avoid relegation, but the merit of the players has taken us to the playoff zone and now we have the prize of facing the best team in Spain in this category in our field,” he said in Cope Cordoba the Valencian technician.

In the first round match, Montijo took the lead at El Arcángel and ended up losing 3-1. Now, in the final stretch, the two want to fulfill their goal.

Likely lineups

Montijo: Sergio Tienza, Javi Chino, Gabri, Molina, Razvan, Calin, Rodao, Manchón, Barragán, Hoyos and Dani Segovia.

Cordoba CF: Carlos Marín, José Ruiz, José Cruz, Bernardo Cruz, Gudelj, Javi Flores, Bernal, Simo, Adrián Fuentes, De las Cuevas and Willy.

Referee: Samir Amar Ahmed (Melillense Committee).

Field and time: Emilio Macarro (Sunday, 12.00, PPV).