The European hangover: only one victory in eight games

first_imgEspanyol arrives in Valladolid in an upset environment, especially because the good feelings of 2-2 against Sevilla without Raúl de Tomás vanished in Wolverhampton, on a cold night with a heartbreaking 4-0. Although Abelardo Fernández gave rest to the players who today would be the owners, except for some specific case, Espanyol has not done very well after playing European competition.Already in the previous European, the parrots failed to win against Sevilla (0-2) or Vitoria (0-0), in the middle of the tie against Zorya. Nor, with David Gallego on the bench, joined Valladolid (0-2) and Mallorca (0-2) after drawing against Ferencvaros (1-1) and winning in Moscow (0-2). The tables changed with Pablo Machín. Or so it seemed after winning in Levante (0-1) after doing so against Ludogorets (0-1) in the Bulgarian city of Razgrad. But again the parakeets stumbled on the same stones. They lost in the Wanda Metropolitano (3-1), did the same to Osasuna (2-4) and added a point to Betis (1-1). All those matches after also rotating in Europe.Abelardo opens after a European match with the Cup precedents. Espanyol tied against Athletic (1-1) after losing and being eliminated in Anoeta (0-2) against Real Sociedad.Apart from the elusive Espanyol season, which continues with 19 colista points, the trips alter the training plan and are more uncomfortable for the players than the accumulated minutes. Although other clubs like Getafe or Sevilla hardly suffer the European consequences: both enjoy a comfortable position in LaLiga.last_img read more