02 March 2013
Twenty-eighth match day of the Liga Adelante for Castilla, who visit Ponferradina eager for revenge after the 1-2 defeat in the first half of the season (18:00, Marca TV). It has been five months since then and the form and mentality of the Whites has changed. Another examination for Toril’s team who will be putting their recent good run to the test and looking for their eleventh win of the season. It will be in the Toralin Stadium, where they have played seven times and where they have never lost. They will come up against a direct rival in the table that have lost four matches at home so far, the most recent in match day 21.
Another test for Castilla in their trip to Ponferrada and another opportunity to reaffirm their improvement in the match as part of the twenty-eighth match day of the Liga Adelante. A match between two direct rivals (the home side are eleventh and Real Madrid are thirteenth), for which the Whites arrive stronger and more motivated than ever to banish memories of the 1-2 loss in the first half of the season. "The team has been more solid in the second half of the season, there is more balance between lines and you can see that in the results. The squad is in a good place mentally and we have to go to the Toralin motivated and eager to win", said Cheryshev in the pre-match build-up. Toril has picked 18 players for the visit to Ponferradina. Not selected are Pacheco and Raul de Tomas due to injury and Omar and Derik, who are playing for Real Madrid C in the derby against Getafe B at Valdebebas.
Ponferradina will host Real Madrid wanting to get back to winning ways after the hard 4-1 defeat against Almeria last weekend. Claudio Barragan’s team have a good record in the championship and are eleventh with 38 points, 12 wins, 2 draws and 13 defeats. They have been more solid in the Toralin, where they have lost four times, most recently on match day 21. It is a stage which also highlights their defensive strength as there they have conceded 15 of the 39 goals against them. Furthermore, the coach will have the forward Yuri, who is one of the second division’s top scorers with 11 goals, amongst his 18. Absent from the squad are Mateo and Rosario due to injury and Barrero, Sergio Rodriguez, Fofo, W. Silva and Didac for coaching decisions.