The Gallego Zone

You are about to enter another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop, the Gallego Zone! Following Espanyol's latest humiliation, in the shape of a 0-2 defeat to Valladolid on home turf at the RCDE stadium, David Gallego thought it … Continue reading The Gallego Zone

Espanyol vs. Valladolid

Hopefully Calero will have good luck today against his former teammates. Midday kickoff today for the latest episode of Espanyol trying to play football. I can’t see such an early start boosting the attendance or improving the atmosphere at all, this, after all, being the rationale for playing more fiery fixtures such as Scotland’s Old … Continue reading Espanyol vs. Valladolid

94:20, a lament

A moment Espanyol would live to regret. (Source: La Vanguardia) Just as it looked as if a hard-earned Espanyol victory was going to give David Gallego some much-needed breathing room, up popped Santi Mina to burst the blanc-i-blau bubble. It was a 95th minute punch to the gut, of the kind that leaves you no … Continue reading 94:20, a lament

Celta Vigo vs. Espanyol

Pablo Piatti jumping for joy. It’s game day again, and the Espanyol squad touched down in Vigo last night. They face Celta at Balaídos tonight (20.00), but will be without Bernardo, Lluís López and Granero, all of whom have been left behind in Barcelona. Granero picked up a quad injury against Real Sociedad last weekend, … Continue reading Celta Vigo vs. Espanyol

Bringing out Mr Hyde

David Gallego: Homeward bound? If Dr Jekyll was lending his support to David Gallego in the buildup to Sunday’s match against Real Sociedad at RCDE stadium, I’m afraid Mr Hyde is slowly taking over in the aftermath. Espanyol fell to their third consecutive home league defeat, the first time they have begun a La Liga … Continue reading Bringing out Mr Hyde

Espanyol vs. Real Sociedad

David López with some soothing words Another match day, another chance for Espanyol to put in the truly impressive performance that everyone is waiting for. Some fans and critics would have you believe that aesthetic excellence is more important than the result itself, and Gallego could rest easy if only his team could produce some … Continue reading Espanyol vs. Real Sociedad

Putting a positive spin on things

Where would Espanyol be without Matías Vargas? The long wait was finally over last night as Espanyol returned to European competition proper for the first time since 06/07, and played the first ever European game at the RCDE stadium. The level of expectation was in stark contrast with the sluggish start made by the blanc-i-blau, … Continue reading Putting a positive spin on things

Walking with giants

European football is coming home to RCDE stadium this evening as the Europa League group stage gets underway. The fixture list for this competition is: Ferencváros (H) CSKA (A) Ludogorets (A) Ludogorets (H) Ferencváros (A) CSKA (H) With these matches spaced out over three months, it is impossible to tell what shape Espanyol will be … Continue reading Walking with giants

Hurray for long balls and Álvarez’s bad day

Víctor and Esteban having a great time Being a dominant team that can control matches and manipulate their opponents at will is all very well, but everyone knows the most satisfying form of victory in football is the suckerpunch. Preferably against a backdrop of negativity and at a ground which holds little more than memories … Continue reading Hurray for long balls and Álvarez’s bad day

The season begins, take 2.

Naldo, earlier. The international break has dragged on a bit, despite Kosovo’s heroics and Scotland warming up for a crunch home tie against San Marino next month, but La Liga is finally back this weekend. The three rounds already disputed are but a distant memory (we hope), and this weekend’s fixtures represent a chance for … Continue reading The season begins, take 2.