A welcome to Carranza Trophy winners Cádiz
Turf Moor opens its doors again tomorrow with tickets available to all supporters for the first time since we played Spurs in March 2020. Our visitors are La Liga side Cádiz who arrive having just won the Carranza Trophy which is the world’s largest trophy.
They beat Atlético Madrid on penalties for the trophy named after Ramón de Carranza, a former major of Cádiz.
Today they were back at their training base ahead of flying to England for tomorrow’s game, a final pre-season game for them too before they kick off the La Liga season next week against Levante. They are bringing a full strength squad with them with along with five B team players, namely Iván Chapela, Kike Carrasco, Álvaro Bastida, Raúl Parra and Lautaro Spatz.
They have reported that the following squad will be the players they select from: Conan Ledesma, David Gil, Juan Flere, Espino, Iza, Raúl Parra, Carlos Akapo, Fali, Marcos Mauro, Lautaro, Martín Calderón, Tomás Alarcón, Bastida, Jonsson, Álex Fernández, Carrasco, Pomba, Salvi, Iván Alejo, Choco Lozano, Álvaro Giménez, Perea, Chapela, Álvaro Negredo.
Our pre-season is currently six wins out of six. Four of those against Morecambe, Salford, Tranmere and Newcastle have been played behind closed doors with the two at Oldham and Blackpool played in front of crowds.
It’s been a pre-season of unfulfilled promise in terms of new signings so far. Nathan Collins has arrived from Stoke to be followed by Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey. If Sean Dyche fields a team close to how he intends starting next week against Brighton then Collins is likely to be on the bench. Hennessey will play should Nick Pope, who hasn’t played since the 2-0 win at Fulham back in May, remain out injured although I understand he has a very good chance of playing.
The injury list certainly isn’t as bad as it was this time last year. Kevin Long and Dale Stephens both remain out but, otherwise, it could be a full strength team that lines up other than perhaps Chris Wood who has just returned from Olympics duty with New Zealand.
If I had to select an eleven to start it would be: Nick Pope, Matt Lowton, James Tarkowski, Ben Mee, Charlie Taylor, Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson, Josh Brownhill, Ashley Westwood, Dwight McNeil, Jay Rodriguez, Matěj Vydra. Subs: Wayne Hennessey, Will Norris, Phil Bardsley, Nathan Collins, Bobby Thomas, Erik Pieters, Anthony Gomez Mancini, Jack Cork, Ashley Barnes, Chris Wood, Lewis Richardson.
Kick off tomorrow is 2 p.m. and they say the rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain. They could get a shock with what’s expected to come down in Burnley tomorrow afternoon.Follow UpTheClarets:
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