Playoff puts sixth-place rush to the test

Jose Luis Oltra, current coach of Cypriot AEK Larnaka and a man with enormous experience in the Second Division (405 games as coach)considers that “For a club and fans, achieving promotion is comparable to winning a title”. An incomparable joy that you have already experienced Grenada and Las Palmas and who also want to live Levante, Alavés, Eibar and Albacete. Saturday begins playoff that will mark the immediate future of these four teams.

At this stage of the season, a very special circumstance must be considered: the aura of the sixth place. Given the fact that the last team to get into promotion is the one that usually rank up. This has happened in the last three years (Elche, Rayo Vallecano and Girona). If this were to happen again, in Albacete you can prepare for the party the return to Primera. Oltra tries to find an explanation for him: “Normally, the sixth is the last to qualify for the playoffs on the last day. And that gives a significant high. They are teams that usually reach the end in good shape, from behind and going up. It is not the case of Albacete, that has been all year in the top positions, but has been fighting to enter in the playoff”, analyzes the Valencian coach, who is very up to date with what is happening in the silver category.

The poster for this fight is tremendous, with four teams that have made merits to climb. In fact, other does not see a favorite clear: “Maybe Levante and Alavés have more options to ascend because they have the descent help. But also they have more pressure and one will no longer go up. Eibar have a lot of experience, they already played in the promotion last year. Albacete has a great coach and good players. In addition, it arrives without any pressure… It will be very even“, it states.

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Definitely, six matches remaining to define the last promoted to Primera. “The playoff is passion and feeling”, assures José Luis Oltra, who will be very attentive to what happens. The only thing missing is for the ball to roll and for football to decide the winner.

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