Sporting Gijon coach Preciado sees problems in bringing Real Madrid game forward 24 hours

09:16, March 24, 2011      

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The coach of Sporting Gijon, Manuel Preciado this Wednesday said he believed it would be difficult for the Primera Liga match between Real Madrid and his side to be brought forward 24 hours from Saturday 2nd to Friday 1st of April.

Real Madrid want to bring the match forward from Saturday night in order to have a further 24 hours to prepare for their vital Champions League qualifying match against Tottenham Hotspurs the following Tuesday.

The President of Sporting Gijon, Manuel Vega-Arango has said his club would not oppose any change to the day of the fixture, but Preciado looked at the interests of Sporting' s travelling fans, of whom 2,000 are expected to travel to Madrid to see their side play in the Santiago Bernabeu.

Many of those fans have already bought their tickets for the game and have planned their trip to see the match on Saturday. Any change of date would leave them facing losing the money they have spent on buses, trains, flights as well as hotel rooms.

"There are a lot of people who have already contracted their trips to the capital, especially supporters clubs and that is complicated,"

"I think it is difficult to make any changes for clear reasons, such as the fact that a lot of people who have already taken out their trip, although first of all Real Madrid have to ask officially for the change of date, which they have not yet done," said Preciado.

The Sporting coach earlier this season had a well publicized spat with Real Madrid' s Jose Mourinho after Mourinho accused him of making a present of three points to Barcelona after Sporting rested several players for their trip to the Camp Nou stadium, Preciado pointed out that his side had only lost 1-0, whereas Real Madrid had been beaten 5-0 by Barca.

Preciado said that argument was ancient history, adding that his side would have to suffer to get any points from Madrid whenever the game was played.

Preciado' s opinion against changing the date of the game was shared by the club' s striker David Barral.

"I would prefer for the game to be played on Saturday. We owe a lot to the fans and they have already paid for their trip," said Barral.

Source: Xinhua

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