After they were drawn against Mons Calpe in the semi-final of the Gibtelecom Rock Cup, we caught up with Gib United midfielder Michael Negrette about the draw, what he’s learned from their semi-final match last season, and the importance of the cup in helping his side achieve their European ambitions.
The draw sees the sides 4th and 6th in the league face off against each other, a repeat of last season’s semi-final as well – what does Negrette think of the draw? “Well to be honest any of the three opponents was going to be a hard game. Mons are a very strong team as they have proven throughout the season and we will have to be at our best to win the game.”
As mentioned, these two sides faced off in the semis last year, where Mons brushed Gib United aside with an impressive 5-0 win, but what have Gib United learned from that result? “I’ve learnt that with Mons or with any other team, if you relax for just one second the game could be over before you know it. I think the positive from what happened last year is that we know what we are going to be facing so we will have to give 100% and not relax at any point of the game.”
Gib United are 6th, 11 points off 3rd place and a potential European spot through the league, so the cup presents their best opportunity of reaching the Europa League, something the 20-year old notes: “The Cup is our best option but not our only one, even though it seems impossible to reach the 3rd position in the league. It is not and we will keep giving our best in the league. I’d say every game we have from now until the end of the season will be a final, but you are correct in saying that this will be our biggest game of the season, thinking about the objective which is the Europa league spot and as well to end the season winning a trophy.”