Jemez urges Las Palmas to be wise against Athletic ClubFebruary 9, 2018
Las Palmas boss Paco Jemez has asked his players to play to their strengths in the Friday night fixture with Athletic Club.
Home side Athletic begin the weekend in 13th but could move into the top half with a win at San Mames before the rest of the sides play later this weekend. Las Palmas are now four clear of bottom of the table Malaga following their win last week and are now just three points from safety albeit with the worst goal difference in the league of -33.
The meeting between the two sides earlier in the season saw Las Palmas win their first home game of the season and just their second of the campaign thanks to a Loic Remy goal three minutes from time.
Jemez, who was not in charge for that win over the Basque club; takes charge this time round and the former Rayo Vallecano boss has asked his players to be wise and play to their strengths.
“I have a lot of respect for Athletic,” Jemez told reporters ahead of the clash at San Mames.
“They are a very strong side with lots of quality players, a budget which is much bigger than ours and with a lot of clout, this will be tough for us.
“They always play with lots of intensity and lots of personality so we must know how to combat this.
“We must play to our strengths and not try to take on Athletic at their own game – they are physically stronger than us, for instance.”
The hosts will be without Mikel Balenziaga and Iker Muniain through injury with Mikel Vesga, Xabier Etxeita, Kike Sola and Sabin Merino not in the squad.
Las Palmas have no injury worries but Momo, Javi Castellano, David Garcia, Vicente Gomez, David Simon and new signing Emmanuel Emenike are all out of the squad for the game.