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Having secured the descent, Levante looks across the abyss of the Second in the midst of an institutional crisis

Latest NewsHaving secured the descent, Levante looks across the abyss of the Second in the midst of an institutional crisis

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Levante’s desperate gamble to reach the beach of permanence ended in a resounding defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu. Alessio Lisci’s platoon capitulated in the first half against Real Madrid without a berth, which attacked in waves and swept unhindered through the lines of Granata until a four-goal gap opened before half-time. The club is paying with a relegation for sloppy sports planning by its president, Kiko Catalan, who sacked two coaches, Paco López and Javier Pereira, and sporting director Manolo Salvador, and handed the team over to new coach Alessio Lisci.


Courtois, Ferland Mendy, Lucas Vazquez, Jesus Vallejo, Nacho (Gila Fuentes, min. 81), Modric (Peter Federico, min. 74), Federico Valverde (Cruz, min. 74), Camavinga, Vinicius Junior, Benzema (Jovic, min. 74) and Rodrigo (Mariano, min. 61)


Daniel Cardenas, Miramon, Robert (Veso, min. 76), Martin Caceres (Campaign, min. 38), Son, Postigo, Pepelu, Gonzalo Melero (mason, min. 56), Radoja (Enis Bardi, min. 38), Dani Gomez (Roger, min. 56) and Morales

goals 1-0 min. 12: Ferland Mendy. 2-0 min. 18: Benzema. 3-0 min. 33: Rodrigo. 4-0 min. 44: Vinicius Jr. 5-0 min. 67: Vinicius Jr. 6-0 min. 82: Vinicius the Younger.

referee Adrian Lamb Vega

yellow cards Camavinga (min. 42), Roger (min. 64) and Modric (min. 68)

The Orrioles are saying goodbye to the First Division after five consecutive seasons in the top flight. Now he faces an uncertain future where, despite being set to receive money from La Liga’s relegation compensation fund, he will have to sell assets. That is, the players, worth 10.5 million euros by July 1, according to the figures approved by the club at the general meeting on December 22. Last year he closed it with a loss of 23 million euros, which forced him, even if they remained in first place, to sell for those 10.5 million.

The descent accelerates this urgency. Any player on the team is likely to be transferred if the market, dormant due to the pandemic for the past two years, offers a good amount. It happens, however, that with both feet per second, the offers will be lower. Campagna, Bardi and Jorge De Frutos are top of the starting list. Roger Marty and Morales will have fans, but with them the club will be able to use the emotional side and connection with the Barça fans. The two goalkeepers, Cardenas and Aitor, are also in the window.

Last summer, club president Kiko Catalan ruled out selling De Frutos on an offer of around €10 million. In this case, 50% of the player’s economic rights belong to Real Madrid, which negatively affects the amount that the club can receive. Last summer, Catalon raised the price for clubs interested in José Campaña, demanding close to €15m, half of its €30m termination clause. The strategy of not selling low in previous markets to revalue assets has collapsed with the downside this season, making these players a bargain for the next summer window.

After the completion of the relegation, the focus is on Kiko Catalan, who announced in a press conference in the first week of January that he would provide his position to the club’s foundation at the end of the season. “Due to responsibility, I cannot leave right now or tomorrow, but I can leave at the end of the season,” Catalan said. The president announced that “in June” he would pass an “examination” to find out “whether Levante supports this project.” “I told the Board that at the end of the season, no matter what happens, I will put my position at the disposal of the Foundation. And we will act as we must.” The president did not explain what that test would consist of, but he controls the Foundation, the organization’s largest shareholder, which approved Catalan’s worst record on stage a few days ago as a leader in Orriole with a stock boat. This circumstance then reduced the credibility of his speech.

Responsibility for sports planning falls to Felipe Miniambres, the sports director signed by Catalan after the sacking of Manolo Salvador and David Navarro on 29 November. Felipe has been working with a decline horizon for several weeks now. Your first task will be to choose a coach. “I see myself fully prepared to put Levante back in first place in the event of relegation,” Alessio Lisci said on Wednesday. Instead, Felipe could have chosen technicians with more experience. The Italian scored twenty-two points in twenty-one games he played and won six wins with him on the track.

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