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On the eve of our Copa del Rey game, the manager believes that “the players have a chance to take a step forward and improve individually as well as collectively”

SD Huesca travel to Cantabria this Monday to face CD Cayón in Copa del Rey the day after. It is an “important” encounter, where Xisco is convinced that “the players have a chance to take a step forward and improve individually as well as collectively,” as he stated in the pre-match press conference. “It’s a match for us to continue growing and to provide the team with more different registers,” he added.

“We have a group that are ready to compete and we can see some things we haven’t seen so far,” said the Majorcan. “It’s a chance for the players to push, work hard and make it difficult to the coaching staff, and for us to see more solutions for the game. The players have to get the best out of themselves to try and be in the starting line-up,” he told us.

The manager explained that they have prepared the clash just like any other one. “We have all the possible information and have prepared the game very well, including videos and analysing the rival. We’ll give our all. We expect a tough match, it’s a very direct team and they fight hard. We’ll have to push, work and compete.”

“We’ll need the same ambition and excitement as we have in every other encounter. We cannot afford a defeat,” and he added, “I think it is an opportunity for each and every player – on the one hand, they can all start and on the other hand, they may not retain their place in the starting line-up. It’s the time for those who don’t play very often to prove the rest that they can – I want them to raise that issue.”

Xisco considers that it is a clash to reward the players of SD Huesca’s second team who work with the first team, too. “It’s time to see the boys of the second team and it’s also time to recompense them, since they are in good shape and working hard. It would be nice that they were awarded with some minutes, as their efforts lead them to play with the first team,” he concluded.