The precedents in ‘LaLiga’ favor the permanence of Alavés

The precedents in ‘LaLiga’ favor the permanence of AlavésADRIAN RUIZ HIERRO

For a club like Deportivo Alavéswhose main objective is always the permanence when competing at the elite level, count on seven points ahead about relegation is great news, especially in the absence of only eight days for the end of the League. This idea, without going any further, is what he transmitted Luis Garcia Plaza last Sunday, ensuring that, if they had proposed it in August, I would have signed to arrive in a scenario like this at this point in the course.

Anyone would have done it, really; Well, even though the good dynamics of Cádiz may generate some concern, you just have to look beyond Mendizorroza to see that practically no one points to the babazorro painting as one of the candidates to occupy the place of the Cadiz people. Before falling Gloriousthey would have to get rid of Celta, Rayo Vallecano, Mallorca and Sevillewho are not going through their best moment either.

anything can happengiven that this is football and, if anyone has experienced movie outcomes, it is Alavés; but, taking a look at the precedents, the truth is that the vast majority invite optimism. The Albiazules would have to do very badly – ​​and the rest of their direct rivals very well – to suffer a relegation that, reviewing the merits achieved during the campaign, rit would be even unfairas well as completely unexpected.

Since, at the beginning of the 1999-00 seasonwas established in The league the current relegation format, only one club has lost the category with a seven or more point advantage at the end of the thirtieth matchday, which is the situation Luis García’s squad is in. Until that moment, it should be remembered, two teams went down directly and two others competed a tie against the third and fourth classified of the Second Division.

He I raisedSpecifically, he is the one who starred in that only unfavorable precedent for Alava interests. It was in the 2004-05 campaign. At the orders of the mythical Bernd SchusterThe granotas accumulated a cushion of ten points with eight games remaining and not even the German coach nor José Luis Oltratheir replacement on date 35, they were able to avoid a balance of five losses and three draws (3/24) that ended in catastrophe.

The beneficiary, by the way, was the Majorca of Hector Cuper. To leave 18th position and send Orriols to the silver category, the Balearic Islands added four wins, three draws and one loss. It was curious, within that scenario, that the vermilion team escaped without winning on the last day. Their 1-1 draw in Son Moix with Real Betis was enough thanks to the fact that Valencians fell during their visit to La Cerámica (4-1).

Relegations with a smaller margin

Yes, there have been, in any case, several clubs that, despite having a good margin –always lower than what the Glorious–, they have ended up descending. Considering, again, what happened since 1999The most notable cases are those involving the Real Valladolid (2003-04), Villarreal (2011-12) and Eibar (2014-15). All of them wasted a six-point cushion, which is not a few.

It is worth remembering, however, that the history of gunsmiths is very different to that of the pucelanos and groguets. That Barça squad, with Gaizka Garitano at the helm, ended up in relegation positions after a very poor second round (8/57), but did not lose the category. He was the Elche13th in the table, the one that finished in Second for a debt that would not have affected others. Javier Tebas was declared persona non grata by the Elche fans.

Roque Mesa and El Yamiq, after Real Valladolid’s relegation last season.

Again the Valladolid (2022-23) and also him Deportivo de La Coruña (2010-11) They are the only ones who have come down with a mattress five points at the end of the thirtieth day and, as a curiosity, only in five of the last 25 seasons have the three teams that made up the red zone been relegated at this point (2019-20, 2017-18, 2016-17, 2009-10 and 2002-03). That is to say, most times there has been, at least, a variation.

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