Portugalete Coach Iván Franco Confident Ahead of Crucial Match Against Beasain

Portugalete’s head coach, Iván Franco, is optimistic about his team’s chances as they prepare to face Beasain in a crucial playoff match this evening at Loinaz. Following a goalless draw in the first leg at La Florida, the jarrillero squad needs a victory to keep their promotion dreams alive and advance to the third and final playoff round for a chance to compete against one of the group winners from the other 17 Tercera RFEF leagues. Franco expresses his confidence in the team’s current form, stating, “I can’t envision anything other than overcoming this tie, especially because I believe we are in the best moment of the entire season. We were superior in the first leg, and a 2-0 or 3-0 victory would not have been surprising to anyone.”

“We must impose our style of play, being aware that the match could go into extra time, making physical condition a key factor. The pressure is the same for both teams, both aiming for promotion, although a draw would be enough for them. However, based on what they saw at La Florida, they might approach the game cautiously as it unfolds,” adds Franco, who has a full squad at his disposal aside from long-term injured players. Reflecting on the opponent, Franco acknowledges Beasain’s physicality, experience, and roster continuity from the previous season, contrasting it with Portugalete’s fresh start. Despite some ups and downs during the regular season, the team arrives in good form, with players who have playoff experience.

The coach notes that his team has performed better away from La Florida, as evidenced in the previous playoff round against Basconia, where Portugalete secured a 2-1 victory at home and a 3-0 win on the road. With the stage set for a challenging encounter, Franco emphasizes the importance of maintaining composure and executing their game plan effectively against a resilient Beasain side. As the anticipation builds for the showdown, all eyes will be on Loinaz as Portugalete aims to secure a vital victory and continue their quest for promotion in the playoffs.