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

Pablo Machín: Espanyol head coach

As expected, David Gallego was officially dismissed as Espanyol’s head coach on Monday evening. The man from Súria is gone and has been replaced by a Machín. Pablo Machín, former coach of Numancia, Girona and Sevilla. He was presented to the media and fans yesterday, saying all the right things and highlighting the importance of … Continue reading Pablo Machín: Espanyol head coach

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

Mallorca vs. Espanyol (12.00)

There is a togetherness in the Espanyol squad. It's another early kickoff for Espanyol, prime time for the Wu Lei fan club, who will be hoping their man can follow up on his lovely chip against CSKA Moscow on Thursday to fire the blanc-i-blau to a much-needed La Liga victory over Mallorca at Son Moix. … Continue reading Mallorca vs. Espanyol (12.00)

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?

CSKA Moscow vs. Espanyol

CSKA Moscow vs. Espanyol (18.55, Arena CSKA). A mild Moscow is the stage for the second match of Espanyol’s Europa League campaign against 13-time Russian champions CSKA Moscow. Let’s take a closer look at the opponents. The coach: Viktor Goncharenko The man from Khoiniki, in modern-day Belarus, was handed the unenviable task of filling Leonid … Continue reading CSKA Moscow vs. Espanyol

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