Mr revenge. The vigilante of Roque Nublo. The price of glory is to eliminate CD Tenerife. Juanpe Ramirez (31 years old)central grancanario, formerly of UD Las Palmas and captain of Girona FC, faces the final of the promotion promotion to First Division against the Tenerife team from this Saturdaya –which was shown to be far superior to those of García Pimienta–. This Saturday and from 8:00 p.m. at the Montilivi stadiumthe defender from Cruce de Arinaga challenges ‘Tete’.
It is Girona’s third final in the last four editions of the playoff. In 2020 he was pulverized by Elche and in 2021 the glory went to Vallecas. The franjiverde formation and Rayo snatched Juanpe his second promotion with Girona.He already rose in 2017 and is the only survivor of the greatest feat of the Catalan club along with Borja García. Sixth campaign in the team chaired by Delfin Geli and the opportunity to avenge UD Las Palmas, which was devoured by Ramis’ legion of reinforced concrete. Juanpe, 33 games in yellow and 204 with Girona, has faced CD Tenerife seven times with a record of three wins, three losses and one draw. As a curious note, the second leg of the playoff final, which will be played on Sunday 19 (8:00 p.m.) at the Heliodoro, will be played with the yellow jersey of the Girona block. Another element for the morbid.
Tons of messages have arrived on the phone of the southern central defender with a clear message: ‘you have to eliminate Tenerife’. “Many well-known people and others are looking forward to us going up to this final. The truth that touches us. This is the third time we have reached the final. [en las últimas cuatro ediciones ligueras] and I consider that we have completed merits after getting rid of Eibar. It is time for us to touch; We are waiting for that moment to be able to upload. And also because there is UD’s eternal rival; It is an incentive for the people of the Island»
«Those from Ramis take care of and monitor the small details; with very little is enough for them»
When you see the shield of Tenerife, Juanpe, who did not participate in any Canarian derby in an official duel, recognizes that the heart beats faster. «It’s special when it’s a direct duel like what happened in the semifinals between UD and Tenerife. With Girona it is not the same but you always have that ‘little point’ of rivalry. One always keeps in mind the derby of a lifetime, it will not be the same but it is a final. We are both fighting for the same thing and there is a lot at stake, a promotion. For being in First you have made multiple sacrifices, I want to start and hopefully it will be our turn, finally, to promote us ».
Juanpe Ramírez is the morbid element of this crossover against the ‘Tete’ of Ramis, Enric Gallego, Carlos Ruiz, Aitor Sanz or Corredera. “Many messages have come to me, it is the rival that touches there is no other”.
Take note of 4-J
The central marker strongly rules out that Tenerife starts with the role of favorite. As to whether he took note of the elimination of Viera’s UD, he details that they already handle enough information from the chicharrero team. «It has not surprised me nor have I taken note of anything, it has been a very recognizable team. Ramis’ men have competed very well, in the first qualifying round. They close very well, it is very difficult to get your hands on them. If you are not successful and do not take care of the small details, you are going to have a bad time. With little they are enough and it was already possible to see against UD Las Palmas in both games. Mistakes pay dearly at this stage.”
The psychological war begins. Who is the favorite of this last crossing for a ticket for Primera? «Girona is not; the tie is even. The team that best reached the playoff was UD Las Palmas by career [once jornadas sin perder con nueve victorias y dos empates]. And look, it fell to the first one, we in the previous two years were the clear favorites. We arrived in a similar dynamic and it did not help us. The slogan is to go out and compete well, take the tie no matter what. Whatever it takes”.
Stuani versus Galician
Juanpe meets Enric Gallego, the hero of Tenerife in Gran Canaria with two goals against Valles – one from a penalty. The artilleryman of the chicharrero box crosses paths with Stuani, the artist of the Catalan goal.
«Tenerife stands out more for the block than for the individuals. In the chicharrera formation there are no absences, if one is missing another one comes out and performs better. Anyone can mess it up for you, we are lucky to have Stuani who is a guarantee of goals. We hope to take advantage of it to achieve the desired objective. We have to get ahead in this tie.”
“It is the third final and it is our turn to go up. We have given an example of overcoming»
Few trusted that Girona would take down Eibar. Míchel’s team lifted Montilivi’s 0-1 first leg with a splendid 0-2 win at Ipurúa and in extra time. “It didn’t hurt us. Eibar was the clear favorite due to the trajectory of the whole year. He scored 80 points, the games have to be played. Until they finish, you don’t know what can happen. There you have the example of the UD ».
mark in hell
The Gran Canaria footballer downplays the fact of scoring yellow at the Heliodoro. “We are going to play in yellow at the Tenerife stadium and we will see what happens. But I’m not asking for much; I hope that we score a goal, and that anyone scores it, if he touches me, very well. But it is secondary data.
Juanpe’s contract ends this June 30. With the promotion he has secured another year of contract. «I hope that it will be fulfilled in two weeks, the complete pack. Ascent and renovation». In relation to the offers that he has received, he clears forcefully.
“I don’t know anything about my future. I told my agent not to tell me anything; he wanted to be focused solely on this. I have very good feelings, it will not be necessary to talk to him », she asserts in relation to winning the ticket to Pedri’s paradise.
“As a Gran Canarian, playing against UD’s eternal rival makes it even more special”
Third final and the condition of the team marked by tragedy. “Losses serve you a lot. They help you grow. You stay out for a goal and it’s tremendously hard. We have risen, we always start last when reaching the end of the promotion. We have suffered a lot at the beginning as this campaign happened. We were in relegation positions, there were doubts regarding Míchel’s coaching staff. We got up for the third year and many teams would like it with the numbers we have.”
“If they eliminate Tenerife, they should give them the Gold and Diamond Badge,” says a high-ranking UD executive. Juanpe and his roots. From Montilivi to Heliodorus. A Binter to the depths of the soul.