Pacheta bet again on an alternative eleven to look for the surprise against the Basque team in a single-game tie and with a taste of historic revenge. The canterano Nacho Pastor be a starter in defense. The technical franjiverde praises the rival, who would like to train someone. “It doesn't matter who plays, they are all very good,” she said.

Elche CF fans during a match

Airs of revenge in the Martnez Valero in a game that always evokes a past and better time for the ilicitana fans. Elche and Athletic reissue in the Cup, half a century later, that final of the competition played in Madrid in which the junior club and its fans touched the sky despite the defeat. This Wednesday, back to Nico party (7:00 p.m.) and at Martnez Valero, Pacheta's group tried to partially close that wound by appealing to Athletic's fetish competition and, incidentally, continue making history.

The Cup is not a priority for Elche, but at this point it is well worth another effort. The junior coach, however, will not modify his usual road map and bet again on an alternative lineup, formed by quarry players and those players who have played less minutes in the season. “They have brought us here and for this it is the prize,” says the technician Burgals, who did not hide his sympathies for Athletic in the previous one.

“It has always influenced my life. My dream is to train in First. First here with Elche and then to Espanyol, because my heart is parakeet, and Athletic. They are two challenges and engines that take me forward,” said Pacheta , who gives rotations in the Basque team, although nuance that “does not matter who plays because they are all very good”.

“All run, center, go and squeeze. It will cost us to play fluid because they really squeeze. I expect a very aggressive Athletic in the pressure and we have to impose our game because if we go to their war we are dead,” said Pacheta, who I regret not being able to count on the left back Andoni Lpez, on loan from Athletic, since the Basque club has exercised the clause of fear. “It saddens me, because the boy was going to play and put him to play against his Athletic,” he said.


Not being Andoni, but it's the goalkeeper San Romn, the side Tekio, the midfielders Mfulu and Manuel Snchez and the striker Pere Milla and the youth players Mourad and Nacho Pastor. The Elche technician only has the casualties of Claudio Medina, injured, and Gonzalo Villar, whom he reserves for some knee discomfort. In addition, Pacheta maintains the doubt of the lateral Juan Cruz, while Dani Escriche, recent signing in the winter market, may enter the call, although the technician considers “hasty” to make him debut with a unique training session.

Players like Gonzalo Verd, Ramn Folch, Ivn Snchez and Nino, charged with minutes during the competition, will be on the bench and as the game unfolds they may even have their chance.

The Basque team, the second team with more titles in this competition, takes this competition with all seriousness, although its coach hides the cards of its possible alignment. Gaizka Garitano made changes to the tightness of a calendar, although he did not give too many clues. It is certain to be under Herrern sticks because the holder Unai Simn, who was on loan to Elche for three weeks last season, suffers mumps and also awaits Unai Nez in the center of the defense for Yeray lvarez.

The other news will be already in attack with the entry of Asier Villalibre and / or Kenan Kodro to give rest to Iaki Williams, Ral Garca and / or Iker Muniain, the latter recently reappeared as a starter after almost two months off due to a muscle injury. In the center of the field, next to Dani Garca you can follow Unai Lpez because being low by penalty on Saturday and above could also stay Ibai Gmez, prominent in what goes to Copa del Rey. You can also have your chance Iigo Lekue in one of the bands.

The rest of the defensive block, Ander Capa and Yuri Berchiche on the sides and Iigo Martnez in the center of the defense, seem immovable for the technician. Garitano will not be able to count on the injured Oscar de Marcos or probably even with Aritz Aduriz, still recovering from a hip entorsis.

The Martnez Valero register a very good entry, more than 15,000 spectators, since the subscribers do not pay and there will be thousands of Bilbao's followers of the province who come to witness the meeting, as it happened just a month ago with the tie against the Intercity, played on the same stage.


  • Elche: San Romn; Tekio, Nacho Pastor, Dani Calvo, Juan Cruz; Manuel Snchez, Mfulu, Josan, Pere Milla; Fidel and Mourad or Qasmi.
  • Athletic Club: Iago Herrern; Capa, Unai Nez, Iigo Martnez, Yuri; Dani Garca, Unai Lpez; Lekue, Ral Garca, Ibai; and Villalibre.
  • referee: Munuera Montero (Andalusian Committee)
  • Stadium: Martnez Valero.
  • Time: 19:00

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