Wednesday. D-day minus 4……I’m trying not to think about Sunday’s game. Win and we are 75% safe, lose and we are 99% relegated.
Plenty of build-up in today’s press. El Faro has Miguel Albiol taking the pressure off by saying that Sunday’s crunch match is “the most important of the season. For us it is like the world cup final”. Albiol is convinced that our support will play a big part, saying that he was sure the fans would not miss this vital game and that “they will give us that plus that we need to win the game”.
La Opinion reports that Sergio Escudero is unlikely to be transferred at the end of the season, as the club has yet to receive any offers. Given our precarious finances, and Sergio Escudero being our best young player, it was expected he would move on for a reasonably large fee (he has another 2 years on his contact with Real Murcia). A left footed left back is a bit of a rarity, there was talk of even Real Madrid being interested. The lad also has a huge Rory Delap-like throw in…..so expect Stoke City to sweep in and take him to the Premier league. I hope we can hold on to him, as, if we stay up, he could be a big part of a promotion chasing, more “home grown” Real Murcia squad next season. La Opinion also report that the Peppermen have “180 more minutes in intensive care”, and detail how we do depend on our own results, but that we cannot afford to drop a single point from the 6 still to play for.
Photo : Sergio Escudero....staying?
La Verdad carry comment from the club’s owner, Jesus Samper. “it is a very important game, and we must support so that the team can continue winning. I will back them as much as I can, just like any other Murcianista”. He has blind faith that Real Murcia can stay up….”not because I am especially optimistic, I am a realist in respect of the capacity that our team has to win the game”. About the players he comments that “They are totally conscious of everything that is in play. The know they have to give the maximum and have the maximum dedication”.
Photo : Samper without a cigarette. Has he given up?
Marca today offers comments from Las Palmas player David Gonzalez. Las Palmas are 2 points above Real Murcia, and with defeat or a draw could still save themselves from the drop with a win in their last game. Gonlazez says “I would never settle for a draw. Even if we lose we are not relegated, and it is Real Murcia that are really playing for everything. “We should know how to play this game, and I am sure we will win”. In reference to Real Murcia he said “it’s their last bullet, they have to give everything”.
Nerves, tension, butterflies. Thinking of taking up Yoga.