We’re back, and with apologies, having fallen gracelessly into the international break in a similar manner to Espanyol.
At least the latest league defeat at the hands of Atlético Madrid came with the sweet, sweet feeling of righteous injustice, after the referee demonstrated a propensity to review every action that took place in and around the Espanyol area, overturning a disallowed goal in favour of the Colchoneros, while failing to even consult the VAR team when David López thought he had headed an equaliser with the score at 2-1. It was the kind of inconsistency that makes the current implementation a joke, and Atléti had the last laugh with Koke nabbing a third in added time. It would have been difficult for even the most blinkered of pericos to claim that Espanyol deserved a point, but in these kinds of matches all you can do it try to stay in the game and take your chance when it comes along. Espanyol had managed to do that, and in that sense they were slightly unlucky to come away empty-handed.
The international break has been a period of soul-searching and, it must be said, a lot of defeatist talk. There is a feeling that we are now in the last-chance saloon, and it is not unreasonable to suggest that the team has to win the three home games left before Christmas in order to give themselves a fighting chance of survival in the new year. No easy task, given the current record of zero points from six La Liga games at RCDE stadium this season.
The revoultion starts today then, with a midday kickoff against Pepe Bordalás’ Getafe side. They currently sit eighth in the table, in their now customary position of jostling for the European positions. In other words, they should not the underestimated. They differ from Espanyol in that a. they are always set up solidly, and b. in Mata, Ángel and Molina they have plenty of goals in them.
Campuzano will lead the line for the home side due to the contiued enforced absence of Ferreyra and Calleri through injury. Vargas starts on the bench after being on his travels once more during the break, with Wu Lei getting the opportunity to get his season into gear belatedly. 21-year-old Cameroonian striker Kevin Soni is on the bench… heroes can come from unlikely places. ¡Vamos Espanyol!