Abelardo: Next four games ‘agonising’

Sporting Gijon moved out of the relegation zone with a 2-1 victory over Sevilla on Wednesday night, but coach Abelardo isn’t getting comfortable.

The win may have seen Rojiblancos climb out of the bottom-three, but with only two points between them and 18th-placed Granada, who have a game in hand, Abelardo is very aware of how difficult the remainder of his season is going to be.

“Victory is important for the table and for the influence on morale. But there are four games that will be agonising,” he told AS.

“The win allows us to stay in the fight but on Saturday there is a very tough game against Barca.

“But then we have two at home and another away against a team fighting for the same as us. If we had seven or eight games we could stay up.”

Two days ago Abelardo would have been less anxious to face Barcelona, with the Catalans having lost four consecutive matches – their worst losing run for 13 years.

However, Luis Enrique’s men made a massive statement in midweek with an 8-0 thrashing of Deportivo La Coruna.