Elche vs Cordoba C.F. preview - Djukic vows to attack

Posted Saturday, November 22, 2014 by PA

Cordoba coach Miroslav Djukic has pledged that his side will adopt an attacking approach when they visit fellow Primera Division strugglers Elche on Sunday in search of their first win in the top flight in 42 years.

The Serbian coach has been unable to steer the Andalusian club to victory since succeeding Albert Ferrer a month ago but was encouraged by his side's 2-0 win over Malaga in a friendly during the international break.

And Djukic believes his team are close to producing what he wants from them on the pitch.

"We will go looking for victory from the start of the game and although it won't be easy, we'll try and play football and really go at them," Djukic told a press conference, quoted in Marca.

"I was very happy with the attitude of the team and our work in attack and defence against Malaga. The team has become much more solid and are learning the concepts, and from now on we'll go looking for victory in every stadium we play in."

"We are now a team in the true sense of the word, a team that knows how to put on pressure and knows what it wants to do in defence and attack," added Djukic, whose team sit bottom of the Primera Division, three points behind Elche.

Although Fran Escriba's side occupy the final spot in the relegation zone they are unbeaten in their last two outings and winger Victor Rodriguez believes it is vital for his side to beat Cordoba to widen the gap between the two sides.

"We are playing at home for three points against a direct rival who we need to distance ourselves from," he said.

"This game is vital for our aspirations, it's not definitive because there's still a lot of the season to go, but it's important for our situation and theirs."

But in spite of Cordoba's plight, Rodriguez does not believe they will be accommodating opponents.

"Not at all," he said.

"They have lost a lot of games by a single goal and by very small margins. They have changed their coach, but their mentality remains the same. They are a bold team and it's going to be an open and attractive game."

Elche midfielder Patrick Ekeng is set to miss the game after returning from international duty with Cameroon later than expected, while full-back Jose Angel Crespo remains injured.

Elche goalkeeper Manu Herrera is still recovering from a shoulder problem, so Polish stopper Przemyslaw Tyton keeps his place in the side.

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