Imanol Alguacil has been the great winner of the 2020 Copa del Rey final, for the superiority of his Royal Society over the La Cartuja lawn, first, and for his humility and modesty in subsequent celebrations, with which he has earned even more the affection of all of Gipuzkoa. In just three years at the helm of the first team, the Orio team has managed to regain a title 34 years later and a qualification for Europe that it struggles to repeat.
On April 1, Imanol completed three years as coach of the Real in the First Division, when he made his debut that day in 2018 in an Eibar-Real Sociedad, so the 1-0 victory in the final against Athletic Bilbao was the perfect celebration and, if necessary, the demonstration that he is well qualified for the position he has.
The Gipuzkoan technician complete his fourth season at the head of the subsidiary when he was called to take over the first team, after the dismissal of Eusebio. His outstanding quarry work was his endorsement and the proof of this is that until 13 footballers whom he directed in Segunda B are today at his command: Aritz Elustondo, Igor Zubeldia, Jon Bautista, Mikel Oyarzabal, Jon Guridi, Andoni Gorosabel, Luca Sangalli, Martn Merquelanz, Robin Le Normand, Aihen Muoz, Ander Guevara, Roberto Lpez and Martn Zubimendi.
In that his first experience in the elite, Imanol took the team in fifteenth position, with nine days to go, and with a balance of five wins, one draw and three losses I finished twelfth, with better feelings than it gave.
By his own wish, the oriotarra I returned that summer to the branch, but Roberto Olabe’s failed bet on Asier Garitano returned him at Christmas to the Real, that again It was fifteenth, a long way from a fight for Europe in which I ended, although without achieving a place.
A qualification for Europe and in the fight for another
Imanol was going to get even more than enough in the following season, the first one that started since the preseason. His Real, who conquered the football fans for his great game, It was fourth when LaLiga was suspended due to the pandemic, and it had qualified for the Cup final, by winning the seven games I played with justice.
The triumph of Saturday was the achievement of the honorary degree with the final work, after being eliminated from Europe only by the powerful Manchester United, doing it in the Cup in overtime with Betis, on penalties against Barcelona in the semifinal of the Super Cup, and fighting in LaLiga to return to a continental tournament again .