Leganes, Rayo Vallecano, Almeria, Girona tussle for closing promotion spot-Sports activities Information , Alenz
The semi-final for promotion from Spain’s second division shall be performed between Leganes-Rayo Vallecano and Almeria-Girona.
Title race within the Spanish first division went proper all the way down to the wire. To the final minute in actual fact earlier than Atletico Madrid edged Actual Madrid by simply two factors. On the backside finish of the desk, Huesca, Actual Valladolid and Eibar dropped into the second division. Taking their place, by advantage of ending high and second in LaLiga SmartBank (the second division) are Espanyol and Actual Mallorca. One place continues to be up for grabs with the playoff format. Leganes face Rayo Vallecano in a single semi-final and Almeria shall be up towards Girona within the different semi-final. Each semi-finals and closing shall be performed over two legs in dwelling and away format.
All 4 groups vying to go as much as the ‘huge league’ have performed within the first division within the final 10 years. Leganes have been relegated after 2019-20 season, Rayo after 2018-19, Girona after 2018-19, and Almeria haven’t gone up in six years. If Leganes clinch promotion, it is going to be the primary time in historical past that the three groups that have been relegated will go up instantly.
The promotion system got here into impact from 2010-11 and since then, Girona have been within the playoffs thrice solely to not go up. They go into the playoffs on the again of an eight-match unbeaten run that noticed them end fifth. “Everyone knows playoffs are very troublesome and it does not matter who we face. Almeria have had an excellent season and it’s a extremely aggressive second division. We consider in ourselves, our staff, we drew on the final day (at Cartagena) and we simply wish to take confidence. Something can occur in these playoff matches. I imply we’re “consultants” at attending to the playoffs however not in getting promoted. We’ve got to be optimistic and simply maintain doing what we have been doing not too long ago,” stated Girona’s Aday Benítez in a digital name organised by LaLiga.
Leganes, who completed third, hope to financial institution on their big-game expertise to arrange for the playoffs. “It might be comparable (the playoffs) to the way in which we method dealing with a giant membership. You do not at all times play a Barcelona or a Actual Madrid, so it comes with its personal challenges. And playoffs are a bit like that as nicely. So you have to play until demise,” stated the membership’s defender Javi Hernández.
When probed to elucidate the distinction between the primary two divisions by way of physicality, degree, and economics, Benitez stated, “There’s a distinction within the two ranges. the standard within the first division is increased. And within the second it’s more durable to earn factors, the season is longer and the final place staff can beat the highest staff. Within the first division, it’s in all probability more durable for that to occur. The gamers simply attempt to be in high kind and compete notably within the playoffs. It’s the decisive time within the season.”
The primary legs of the playoff shall be performed on 2 and three June with the return legs on 5 and 6 June. The ultimate shall be performed on 13 and 20 June. Traditionally, there’s little to decide on between the 4 groups with third-placed staff occurring to get promoted thrice, twice for the fourth and fifth place staff, and once more thrice for the sixth-place staff.
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