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Press Box: Pellegrino and Abelardo praise each other’s ‘team strength’

Press Box: Pellegrino and Abelardo praise each other’s ‘team strength’

Leganes boss Mauricio Pellegrino and Alaves’ Abelardo have both looked at Friday’s game as a tough one.

Pellegrino’s Leganes will look to extend their unbeaten run to three games and climb out of the relegation zone when they welcome Alaves to the Butarque on Friday night.

Draws with Atlético Madrid and Girona have moved Los Pepineros level on points with 17th placed Athletic Club and they will escape the relegation zone for a while if they avoid defeat to Alaves.

Abelardo Fernandez’s men on the other hand have made a brilliant start to the season and find themselves in fourth place, just one point behind league leaders Barcelona. Last time out, the Babazorros defeated promoted Huesca 2-1 at the Mendizorrotza.

In last season’s meetings, Leganes came out on top in Madrid, winning 1-0 before the spoils were shared in a 2-2 draw in Vitoria.

Approaching the game, Pellegrino discussed his opinion on Alaves, praising their impressive start to the season.

“The Alaves game motivated us, we play at home and we have good feelings at Butarque. The team have always fought until the end, and we want to continue with the help of our home fans. Alaves are a good team, they are a great rival and they are very strong.”

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Meanwhile, Abelardo was equally as praising on Leganes, despite their shortcoming thus far.

“Leganes deserve more points than they have achieved. They are very strong at home and very physical.”

In his press conference, Pellegrino confirmed that he will be without Ezequiel Munoz, Alexander Szymanowski, Ivan Cuellar and Michael Santos through injury.

Rodrigo Ely and Tomas Pina are both ruled out for Alaves while Patrick Twumasi, Daniel Torres and Adrian Marin have been left out of the squad by Abelardo.