Castilla will square off against Cartagena in their first play-off clash for promotion to Segunda División. The madridistas will face the first leg at the Alfredo Di Stéfano on 25 May (6pm CET), before the return clash at the Cartagonova on 1 or 2 June.
Should the Whites get through the tie, they would contest the second round, the first leg of which will be on 8 or 9 June, whilst the return matches would be contested on the 15th or 16th. In order to secure promotion, the team would have to also get past a third round, which will take place in the last fortnight of June.
“Gaining promotion would be a magnificent dream come true”
“Just like all of these ties, it will, without doubt, be very tough. Cartagena have had a great season and we’ll have to get a good result this weekend at Valdebebas as we’re aware how difficult this tie is and all of the factors that will be important, such as quality and good fortune… all of that could play its part.
“The team has put in some great work throughout the whole season, but now that promotion is so close the players will be excited about getting through the tie with the dream of securing promotion, which would be magnificent for all of them, on the horizon”.
“You always have to believe in your chances. The team has played with a certain style through the whole season and we have to remain faithful to our philosophy. We’ll be up against very tough opponents, but our boys have got a quality about them.
“It’s a very important stage of the season and this is a chance for all of them to go out and show their quality. These matches have a very unique element to them in that it’s all or nothing. One of the two teams will be out and the other will advance and you learn from situations like this. To play football, quality alone isn’t enough and it’s going to be a challenge and a great opportunity for them to continue to develop as players”.
Cartagena finished the regular season in second spot in Segunda División B Group 4 and were the top scorers in their division with 62 goals to their name, the same tally as Castilla. They’re riding a 15-game unbeaten streak on home soil and their biggest threats in the final third are Elady and Aketxe, who have netted 19 and 11 times this term.