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2019/2020

Eibar

In


Edu Exposito (mid) Deportivo; Quique (att) Deportivo; Takashi Inui (mid) Real Betis; Roberto Correa (def) Cadiz; Ruben Lobato (def) Real Oviedo; Esteban Burgos (def) Alcorcon; Alvaro Tejero (def) Real Madrid; Dani Junior Ltaif (gk) Olimpik Donetsk; Yoel (gk) Real Valladolid; Nano (att) Tenerife; Jose Antonio Martinez (def) Granada

Out


Joan Jordan (r) (mid) Sevilla; Ruben Pena (r) (def) Villarreal; Marc Cucurella (r) (mid) Barcelona; Pere Milla (sp) (att) Elche; Marc Cardona (sp) (att) Barcelona; Asier Riesgo (sp) (gk) Released

As the smallest club in LaLiga, every season in which Eibar avoid relegation is an achievement. Last year, they survived comfortably in midtable and finished 12th. Every summer Eibar lose some of their best players to bigger clubs and have to replace them and this has been the case once again. Starters Joan Jordan, Ruben Pena and Marc Cucurella are all gone, which is a blow. But they almost always recruit well and have brought in some exciting prospects from the second division, especially the Deportivo duo Edu Exposito and Quique, as well as securing the return of their former star winger Takashi Inui. In the dugout, there has been continuity as Jose Luis Mendilibar is still there. After Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid, Mendilibar is the LaLiga coach to have been at his current club the longest. Eibar’s situation is an encouraging one, then. The level of quality in the squad might not have changed too much and the key will be developing chemistry between the new players, something which Mendilibar is good at achieving. One thing that hasn’t changed is the fact that Eibar still enjoy a significant home advantage. Their tiny little stadium of Ipurua is one of the most difficult away days for most teams, with fans close up to the pitch and with the long journey to get to the valley town. A weakness for Eibar could be injuries. They have several players in this year’s squad who are injury prone and that’s a worry.

Target


Avoiding relegation. The objective is always the same for this tiny club. It’s simply to stay in the division.

Season Review
2019/2020

№14: Eibar

Eibar once again avoided relegation and that means it was job done for the tiny Basque club. After losing several of their best players last summer, it looked like this would be a tough campaign. But, coach Jose Luis Mendilibar has worked his magic once again. This year more than ever Eibar have relied on Mendilibar’s motivational and tactical brilliance. They really haven’t had a standout player, like they did in some years previously. That’s shown by the fact they had nobody with double digit goals, with top scorer Fabian Orellana netting eight. Even in defence they often completely changed the back four week in week out, due to injuries and players falling in and out of form. But whoever came in usually did a good job and Mendilibar’s style of high pressing and getting the ball to the wings and to the box quickly worked. Apart from a couple of weeks at the very beginning of the season, Eibar were never even inside the relegation as they hovered above it. That’s exactly where they aim to be, so there is satisfaction at the club. Now another summer of planning has arrived. Eibar lose some of their best players every summer and that has already happened with Fabian Orellana departing. But, sporting director Fran Garagarza always does a good job of unearthing hidden gems and Eibar will hope he can do so once again.


Player of the Season: Fabian Orellana

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