Espanyol vs Ludogorets

Hands up if you think Campu should start. Matchday four of the Europa League group stages has come around already, and Espanyol could get things wrapped up nice and early and qualify for the knockout stages with a win against Ludogorets at RCDE stadium this evening. Easier said than done, perhaps, given that the blanc-i-blau … Continue reading Espanyol vs Ludogorets

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

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 The man from Súria is gone and has been replaced by a Machín.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

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

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

Granada, Europe and last-minute deals

We’re back from our holidays feeling refreshed, relaxed and ready to rejoin the action. It became apparent during our rambles in the Pyrenees that one of the great things about the great outdoors is the lack of news regarding Neymar doing f**k all that one is subjected to. Alas. here we are, back in the … Continue reading Granada, Europe and last-minute deals

There’s only one Matías Vargas

Espanyol were slow to warm up at the RCDE stadium last night, going a goal down to a well organised Zorya Luhansk side before turning the gas on at half time and reaching boiling point in a scintillating final half hour.  Gallego evidently had a gameplan which involved rotating the players with respect to the … Continue reading There’s only one Matías Vargas