The top scorer of Espanyol is Marc Roca. The blue and white midfielder has scored two goals, both penalty, the last one last Sunday against Osasuna. Already disputed 15 days, the data summarizes a multifactorial crisis and that has difficult remedy before the confusion that reigns in the RCDE Stadium.
Espanyol sees today the descent in LaLiga since the summit of the Europa League. The condition of leader of Group H of the continental tournament, undefeated for 25 games, contrasts with its situation in the Spanish competition: the team that marks the permanence is penultimate, five points behind Mallorca, after being the only one that has not yet He has won a home game – he scored one point against Getafe and lost with Granada, Osasuna, Real Sociedad, Sevilla, Valencia, Valladolid and Villarreal.
It is not remembered a local team with such a poor record since 1997 – the protagonist was then Sporting – and there was no such poor league start at Espanyol since the 2003-2004 season. The calendar also does not invite optimism because next Saturday he visits the Bernabéu and then he will receive Betis and Barcelona. Butarque's match against Colista Leganés is in the middle, a team that rebounds in his game with coach Javier Aguirre.
Espanyol already changed coach in October and, nevertheless, their results have not improved with the arrival of Pablo Machín and the departure of David Gallego, who had the confidence of the owner, Chen Yansheng, after highlighting in the quarry, a of the most admired of LaLiga. There was a popular clamor for Gallego to be dismissed and the sports managers, the general director, Óscar Perarnau, and the football director, Francisco Rufete, replaced him with Machín.
The profile of the Girona technician does not resemble that of Gallego. The squad is not made or the team sufficiently worked to deploy from three centers and fits goals very easily, as noted on Sunday against Osasuna. The comeback of the Navarrese team (2-4) was built from the failures of Bernardo and Darder, and after Pedrosa pardoned the 2-0, an error in a header to empty goal that caused the wrath of the Espanyol coach.
"I really want uncles, not pee," Machin said as about 200 fans gathered at the exit of the stadium to beat the players and managers, overcome by the situation, lacking a leadership that is capable of agglutinating the different levels from Espanyol.
Vargas, the most expensive signing
The team falters in the areas, clumsy in theirs and sterile in the opposite, in need of a forward with goal after the summer game of Borja Iglesias to Betis, the same club that hired coach Joan Francesc Ferrer, known as Rubi, while Mario Hermoso signed for Atlético. The club disregarded the claims of Rubi and did not seem to attach too much importance to the loss of the Panda, nickname with which Borja Iglesias is known, author of 20 goals with Espanyol.
The substitutes, for now, are not at the same height despite the fact that the entity paid up to 10.5 million euros, the most expensive acquisition in history, by Mono Vargas, incorporated by Vélez Sarsfield. The Argentine is injured, as is his compatriot Ferreyra, and Calleri premiered as a scorer against Osasuna. Nor does the Calero power plant, for which it paid eight million to Valladolid, while the other additions are due to loans or assignments such as Bernardo (Girona).
The lack of purchasing power, conditioned by economic policy by President Cheng, who assumed the majority of the club's debt, limits the maneuvers of Perarnau and Rufete. There is no money, the football idea is changing and there are doubts about the value of a team lacking experience, and also fang, to face limit situations like the current one in LaLiga.
The qualification for the Europa League, 12 years after their last continental participation, triggered the euphoria in Espanyol, threatened today of decline after 26 years – the last time he played in the Second Division was in 1994. “We are not going to allow nobody gives up, ”Javi López replied after the players were singled out by Machín. "You have to be closer than ever," insisted the captain of Espanyol. The players maintain that they are “to the death with the coach”, word of the scorer Marc Roca. And Machin has no choice but to trust his players: “Thinking that others have to come to wash the shit that we have gotten into is to be little responsible. We need help, but whoever is coming is not going to be the savior of the project, ”Cheng added, just in case Cheng softens and signs a scorer in the winter market that turns Marc Roca's pichichi into anecdote.
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