Green shoots and rough terrain

Bernardo: Espanyol's beating heart. What a time to be alive. Espanyol got their fifth goal and second win of the current La Liga season with a mildly convincing performance against Levante on Sunday, which now makes it four wins away from home in all competitions this season compared to a big fat zero at RCDE … Continue reading Green shoots and rough terrain

Levante vs Espanyol

Víctor Gómez will be looking for his first win with the Espanyol first team. (photo: La Vanguardia) Levante vs Espanyol (16.00). A fixture to quicken the pulse. So many questions, so few people who care about the answers. The second teams from Spain's second and third cities go head to head in an autumnal clash … Continue reading Levante vs Espanyol

Rainbow in the dark

Campuzano (right) celebrates his winning goal with Dio (left). A heavily rotated Espanyol side turned in a complete performance in Bulgaria last night, coming away with the three points against the hitherto indomitable Ludogorets. Solid defensively, balanced in midfield and featuring a cutting edge in the shape of Víctor Campuzano, the pericos can look forward … Continue reading Rainbow in the dark

Ludogorets vs Espanyol

Cosmin Moti: half defender, half goalkeeper extraordinaire. (Telegraph). Espanyol’s long-awaited European adventure continues this evening, despite having been somewhat overshadowed by the club’s recent toils in La Liga. Talk of prioritising the Levante match on Sunday is not only depressing but also wide of the mark. Of course, Pablo Machín must use his squad wisely, … Continue reading Ludogorets vs Espanyol

Good omens

It is no secret that Espanyol have not made a good start to the La Liga season, with five consecutive home defeats equalling their worst ever opening on home turf in Barcelona. Perhaps more worrying than this, though, is the lack of goals being scored, and even a genuine goal threat. We wondered how many … Continue reading Good omens

Patience

Pablo Machín calls for patience. (Photo: La Vanguardia) Another week of La Liga action, another pointless affair for Espanyol. LDLWLDLLL does not make happy reading, and neither does the lack of activity in the “goals for” column, stuck at four for four weeks now. But as we said in our preview, the performance was more … Continue reading Patience

Espanyol vs. Villarreal

Espanyol vs. Villarreal, 16.00. (@RCDEspanyol) The international break hasn’t half dragged on, but La Liga is finally back. For Espanyol, this means another gruelling three weeks lie ahead, with two more Europa League group games thrown into the mix: 20/10 - Villarreal (H)24/10 - Ludogorets (A)27/10 - Levante (A)30/10 - Athletic Bilbao (A)2/11 - Valencia … Continue reading Espanyol vs. Villarreal

Things can only get better

Pablo Machín surely knows the scale of the task ahead of him as he attempts to turn around Espanyol's disastrous start to the season, but we have tried to quantify it for you anyway. Method We used data from FiveThirtyEight's pre-season predictions to rank the 20 sides of La Liga: Team DifficultyBarcelona20Real Madrid19Atlético18Valencia17Sevilla16Real Sociedad15Getafe14Eibar13Athletic12Betis11Villarreal10Espanyol9Leganés8Celta7Levante6Alavés5Osasuna4Valladolid3Granada2Mallorca1AVERAGE10.5 This … Continue reading Things can only get better

International pericos

Wu Lei feels the love from Yang Xu. The international pericos are finally flying back to RCDE stadium to join the Machín revolution. Five players were involved over the international break: Matías Vargas with Argentina, Wu Lei with China, and Pol Lozano, Adrià Pedrosa and Pipa with Spain under-21s. Matías Vargas El Monito joined up … Continue reading International pericos

Espanyol: Machín style

Òscar Melendo has had plenty of time to think lately. We’ve still over a week to wait until Espanyol make their debut under Pablo Machín, but it is clear that the players will need all their time to adapt to the new style. Unfortunately, the defining characteristics of Gallego’s side were slow, ponderous football, with … Continue reading Espanyol: Machín style