Tittle tattle and travels

It's a beautiful morning, it's the weekend, and we're still basking in the warm glow of the comeback againt Zorya. What could be better? Oh, there was that hilarious five minute presentation from Vallarreal last night on a. the flaws of VAR and b. the perils of the new goalkick rules. (Google it.) To be … Continue reading Tittle tattle and travels

There’s only one Matías Vargas

Espanyol were slow to warm up at the RCDE stadium last night, going a goal down to a well organised Zorya Luhansk side before turning the gas on at half time and reaching boiling point in a scintillating final half hour.  Gallego evidently had a gameplan which involved rotating the players with respect to the … Continue reading There’s only one Matías Vargas

Espanyol vs Zorya Luhansk

Espanyol vs Zorya Luhansk. RCDE stadium, 21.00. Espanyol face a make-or-break tie against Zorya Luhansk in the Europa League playoff round this evening. If they emerge victorious over the two legs, they will advance to the group stages and thereby be guaranteed another six matches and European participation into December at the least. This competition … Continue reading Espanyol vs Zorya Luhansk

Corchia, Calleri and clickbait

It is no secret that there are still a couple of gaping holes in the Espanyol squad, but fear not, Twitter is confident that a solution is at hand! The list of names mentioned as potential replacements for Borja Iglesias is extensive, taking in Simone Zaza (Torino) and Andre Silva (Milan), via Mariano Díaz (Real … Continue reading Corchia, Calleri and clickbait

Kick off – Espanyol vs Sevilla

The teams are in. Adrià Pedrosa misses out with a quad problem, so Dídac starts at left-back. Víctor Sánchez is preferred to Sergi Darder in midfield. The traitor Lopetegui lines up with his usual 4-2-3-1. New signing Munas Dabbur has been left out of the squad altogether. Seven players make their full debut for Sevilla … Continue reading Kick off – Espanyol vs Sevilla

The final countdown: Espanyol and Sevilla

There are only a few hours to go until Espanyol get their 19/20 LaLiga campaign underway, but you've still got time to brush up for the sports round in your local pub quiz by revising our LaLiga previews: Part one: Alavés, Athletic Bilbao and Atlético Madrid Part two: Barcelona, Celta Vigo and Eibar Part three: … Continue reading The final countdown: Espanyol and Sevilla

La Liga preview – part six

We’ve made it. Today’s post is a veritable vault of va va voom. ¡Vámonos! Valencia  Los ché are reigning Copa del Rey champions and will take their place in the Champions League this season having finished fourth in La Liga last time out. Fans of my age will have fond memories of Valencia’s run to … Continue reading La Liga preview – part six

La Liga preview – part five

Today's preview is triple R-rated. RRRoar. (It is feasible that you had better things to do this week than slog through these previews, but you don't really have any excuse at the weekend. Parts one, two, three and four are at your disposition.) Real Betis Betis are one of Espanyol’s rivals for a European spot … Continue reading La Liga preview – part five

Espanyol vs Luzern: Bernardo’s new friends and Gigi D’Agostino

Wu Lei celebrates the opening goal A much changed Espanyol side waltzed through the second leg of the Europa League 3rd round qualifier against FC Luzern last night. Three unanswered goals on the night, six on aggregate, and bring on Zorya Luhansk in the playoff round.  There were a couple of loose passes in the … Continue reading Espanyol vs Luzern: Bernardo’s new friends and Gigi D’Agostino