Fun fun fun

R-D-T spells fun. What a difference a point can make. Before the Barcelona derby just over a week ago, the average Espanyol fan experience was akin to that of staring down the barrel of a loaded gun. One late equaliser from Wu Lei Wu Lei Wu Lei Wu Lei Wu Lei later, and we're walking … Continue reading Fun fun fun

We’re depressed

Another week of expectation has come to an end and excitement has reached fever pitch ahead of the mouth-watering prospect of getting pumped at the Bernabéu tomorrow lunchtime. Ahem. The full-time whistle signalling the end of a home capitulation against newly promoted Osasuna last Sunday brought with it a distinct sense of the last residual … Continue reading We’re depressed

When is a dull home draw a good thing? Now.

It's been downhill all the way for Fernando Calero. Sunday's showdown against Getafe was definitely a Big Match. This much was evident from the pre-match promotions and entertainment that the club had organised. Ticket prices were slashed and slashed again in a attempt to lure more closet pericos out to RCDE stadium, 1-euro shuttle buses … Continue reading When is a dull home draw a good thing? Now.

Close but no cigar

This time last week Espanyol had eight points and were two points from “safety”, whereas this time this week they have eight points and are three adrift of Mallorca in the prized 17th spot. One goal scored and five conceded in the two intervening fixtures may lead you to surmise that not a whole lot … Continue reading Close but no cigar

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

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

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

This is the end

Víctor points Gallego in the right direction. Chen Yansheng looks into the mirror. It is a day he had hoped would never come. A lifetime in the cynical world of business should have taught him better. In his mind, he rehearses what he will say... This is the end, beautiful friend, of our elaborate plans, … Continue reading This is the end

WU ARE YOU? WU, WU, WU, WU?

Wu Lei opened the scoring last night in Moscow. Espanyol on tour are a different proposition to the shadow of a team that has been turning out at RCDE stadium this season, and last night they sustained their unbeaten record on the road in all competitions with a convincing 0-2 in Moscow against CSKA. In … Continue reading WU ARE YOU? WU, WU, WU, WU?

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