Tomorrow [Saturday] sees the Pepe Reyes Cup get underway with holders and league champions Lincoln Red Imps take on a new look Europa FC. Europa come into this game the better prepared side, Lincoln have had a very busy summer, Champions League followed by a much needed holiday for the players which was followed by most of the Lincoln squad departing to link up with the national side, Procopio hasn’t had as much time as he would like seeing as Europa have trained five to six times a week, twice a day.
Ahead of tomorrow’s game, we caught up with both teams managers as they reflect on tomorrow’s big game. Lincoln manager Raul Procopio said, “Well, for a start I would like to begin the season with a win and secondly it’s the first title of the year. We are aware that overtime our rivals will become more experienced and it will be more challenging to achieve titles. Regardless of the result on Saturday I am positive that the game will be a vibrant clash between two strong sides.”
After just scraping into the Europa League, finishing just above Lynx FC, Europa made some massive changes, the sacking of their ex-manager Bruno Akrapovic, soonly followed by releasing nearly their full squad with only Jake Victor, Kelvin Morgan & Matt Cafer staying at the club. After their elimination in the Europa League at the hands of Slovan Bratislava, they brought in brother David & Dimas Carrasco which was followed by bringing more than fifteen players and their technical team.
Ahead of his first competitive game as manager, we caught up with David Carrasco as he gathered his thoughts about tomorrows game, “We have a good feeling about this first match. The pre-season has been fruitful and the players have an urge to compete. Lincoln is obviously the favourite but we will try to do things the right way and have a good match.”
Football Gibraltar would like to thank Raul Procopio & David Carrasco for their time and wish them both the best of luck tomorrow.