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Exercises designed to consolidate Almeria’s style of play before Sabadell’s visit

Ramazani joins duty on the sidelines. Players were drug tested on a ‘no notice’ basis

Almería have completed their third-to-last training session this Thursday morning at the Anexo training pitch. The Rojiblancos focused on the pressure after losing the ball drills and the coaching team insisted on forcefulness when it comes to getting the ball out. Next Sunday’s competitors Centre d'Esports Sabadell Futbol Club, demonstrated throughout the previous Matchday-1 fixture their proposal for possession and a style of play very similar to that of the team led by José Gomes. As a result, the battle to keep the ball will be surely be one of the key points of the game to achieve victory. As a matter of fact, Almería have only given possession of the ball in four of the twenty matches played to date and, precisely, Sabadell were one of them along with Castellón. Funnily enough, both aforementioned teams are Almería's two next rivals.

Meanwhile, Ramazani has been the only absentee in Thursday’s full squad football practice. The 19-year-old Belgian has done tailored exercises around the pitch instead, while Jordi Escobar, after a few days working out in the gym, is officially on board and managed to complete the session at ease. Akieme will miss out on the involvement in the first reverse match following his dismissal against Ponferradina since Storm Filomena prompted the game versus Leganés postponement.

It is worth highlighting that minutes before the start of training, there was a surprise drug testing conducted on a ‘no notice’ basis that some random players had to undertake, so that they were late for duty. 

This Friday, from 10.30 a.m. onwards, the squad will continue to flesh out the details of the first reverse game to get the LaLiga SmartBank second half started.