Came the day. That so wanted and unexpected at the same time for a whole city that will receive a historical group of world football. When Granada CF and Manchester United Go out through the changing room tunnel of the New Los Cármenes Stadium, thousands of Granada fans will have their hair stand on end. An emotion that football and few other things in life can generate for the fan of a club like the rojiblanco who is experiencing one of his most beautiful weeks with the celebration of his 90th anniversary.
In the memory are the duels before sets like him Nules, Marino, Realejos, Salud, Los Boliches, Macael, Níjar, Andalusia, Rusadir Mancha Real, ‘los Alhaurinos’ or the Basto of Melilla. Rivals all of them who not long ago even beat the Nasrid. But what seemed impossible has been accomplished. That game that many Granada children dreamed of when they played soccer games, will be able to live, although unfortunately By television. It is the only penalty. What could have been the city for a date like this will be almost nothing because of a damn virus. Granada is hungry for football, to see their team live and enjoy Diego Martínez’s team, who reach the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Europa League with little to lose and much to gain.
The Galician coach has indicated that playing against the red devils it was almost impossible to do it even in a preseason game. Therefore, to measure them in an official one, with the pass to the semifinals in a European competition at stake is something unimaginable a few years ago. But that is the reality and Granada CF wants to show against the third highest-earning team in the world, only behind Real Madrid and Barcelona, that rooms are not reached by chance.
It is evident that the favorite in the tie is el United. It would be more. Three European Cups, a Super Cup, a Recopa, a UEFA Cup, an Intercontinental Cup and a FIFA Club World Cup, together with twenty league titles, twelve FA Cups and 21 English Super Cups is the record of the English . But sometimes that external pressure to be forced to overcome a rival who, on paper, is inferior it takes its toll. And that will be the trick that the rojiblancos must use.
It will be a date to enjoy but also to show personality against a rival who has crowd of internationals, some of them highly valued in the market and with a great projection. Diego Martínez will surely have worked on many other aspects except the motivation in a group for which taking on a European football history is a prize. Therefore, the main concern is to be able to count on the largest possible staff.
True to the tradition of hide information from fans, the physical state of players like Foulquier, Carlos Neva, Milla, Soro or Luis Suárez is a unknown. Taking into account that they have not played for a long time, it would be a real surprise if some of them were out of the game although perhaps they can be cited. Especially because players like Quini, Adrián Marín, Quina or Fede Vico are not registered in the Europa League.
Diego Martínez’s main doubt lies in who will occupy the wings, Víctor Díaz being a permanent fixture in the Nasrid eleven
All this makes ‘guessing’ an eleven not easy, although the team base is clear and it will be integrated by Rui Silva under the arc, with Víctor Díaz, either on the left or on the right, Germán and Domingos Duarte in the center of the rear, with the favorite midfield trivote of the technician formed by Gonalons, Yangel Herrera and Montoro, Kenedy in one of the bands and Soldier above. From there, depending on the state of Neva or Foulquier, Vallejo could be the other side, Machís and Puertas would fight for the other end with Jorge Molina as an alternative above. Nor is there much else that is able to play for more than an hour or that has the confidence of the coach in a duel of such significance.
Rui Silva, Víctor Díaz, Nehuén Pérez, Domingos Duarte, Eteki and Machís are under penalty
Opposite, the clear favorite not only in the series but to win the title. No options to achieve the Premier since Guardiola’s City has taken out eleven points with eight games remaining for the end of the English league, and eliminated from the FA Cup by Leicester City, they have in the Europa League its main objective to save the season. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will not have his entire squad available.
To begin with, the former Villarreal center-back Eric Bailly He will miss the match after being infected by Covid-19 during the concentration with his selection, Ivory Coast. Also, the French striker Anthony Martial He will be out for the remainder of the season due to knee problems. As if that were not enough, one of its great stars, Marcus Rashford, He had to be substituted last Sunday against Brighton and it is doubtful although in a date like this he will surely play. However, the Red’s wardrobe is impressive. But Granada CF is capable of anything and wants to prove it again. Enjoy.