Tuesday 8th June 2021 – XÀBIA AL DÍA with Mike Smith
The COVID-19 outbreak that was detected last week at CD Jávea which placed five players in home confinement, has force the Football Federation (FFCV) to shoehorn the two postponed games into this week in order to conclude the regular Regional Preferente season this weekend. CD Jávea will play three games in six days, although the fact that the team no longer has anything to play for, the top two positions claimed, has removed the pressure from what would have been a great burden to bear for the players at the end of the season.
Speaking to XAD, head coach Diego Miñana stressed that the schedule “is nonsense” and considered that the team will be the judge “both to define the champion and for those who are relegated”. Tonight, Tuesday, the side faces UE CF Tavernes, currently sitting in second spot, before hosting CD Pedreguer on Thursday evening and then making the short journey down the coast to take on CF Calp at the weekend. Both sides will be battling against relegation.
Miñana has claimed that “the FFCV wants to finish the competition whatever and we have not trained for ten days and there have been people who have had a very bad time”, acknowledging that whilst the team has nothing to play for, it still wants to “give a good image and not alter the competition, our three rivals all have things at stake, we will try to finish with a good image without putting any of the players at risk.”
Tonight’s game against UE CF Tavernes will be tricky since the players will be kicking off without having trained for more than a week. Miñana recognises that that defeat at Universitat d’Alacant was no decisive but it was very important to tighten the upper zone. He will be without Jorrín, who is suspended, as well as the five players who are confined at home due to their positive tests. (The rest of the squad has tested negative.) He hopes to be able to call on 11 or 12 senior players and complete the match-day squad with some of those from the reserve side.
Miñana understands that “the fans are disappointed, we are too, but surely the fans more so. But this is not the time to make assessments. It is time to end the season with the three games that remain in good form. There will be time to assess and reflect on the season to determine why we did not achieve the goal, to analyze the failures so that they don’t happen again, and he hopes that the club and the squad will also use this analyse to try and improve”.