Etxeita hoping for ‘strong’ performance at El AlcorazSeptember 11, 2018
Huesca’s Xabi Etxeita has said he and his team-mates need to be strong at El Alcoraz, against Rayo at the weekend.
The newly promoted La Liga side have had a mixed season so far, winning their first game against Eibar, drawing with Athletic Bilbao and losing 8-2 to champions, Barcelona.
Having not yet played at their home ground this season due to renovations and pitch improvements – the game against Rayo will now be their first home fixture.
“We are ready for our first home game,” Etxeita is quoted as saying in Marca. “We are very excited about playing in the new stadium, and to see the people. The fans are eager to see us start the campaign at newly improved Alcoraz and we cannot wait for Friday.”
There were original concerns that the El Alcoraz would not available in time for this Friday’s game against Rayo, but those fears have been silenced.
The capacity of the ground has now expanded from 5,000 to 7,500 – a leap that the club feel will help them attract more home fans whilst in La Liga.
Floodlight testing will take place on Tuesday evening, whilst the pitch is undergoing final touches before the visit of Rayo.
Rayo themselves are no strangers to having not played at their home ground this season – after they had their stadium closed and halted from holding home games.
The game against Athletic Bilbao was postponed due to safety concerns, and the club are now racing against time to get the stadium for the game against Alaves on 22nd September.