The reborn Espanyol

LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of January 5, 2020 Already at the entrance, striking was the ownership of Óscar Melendo, which certainly came from overcoming ankle discomfort but, in addition, was not of the game in LaLiga since September 15. Three and half months. Another striking recovery in the initial team was that of Javi López, the captain, who had only participated in one of the previous 11 days, there is nothing, and whose performance against the Catalans was simply spectacular.The third big news was David Lopez, not for its ownership but for its return to the midfielder. And it could not be better for Abelardo, because he scored. The stopped ball, not in vain, is another of the new coach’s hallmarks, as it was for Pablo Machín, although in the case of the Soriano that effect (and many others) dissipated after the first matches.Already during the match, players such as Ander Iturraspe or Matías Vargas, author of assistance to Wu Lei. And it was seen, even in the absence of a goal, the best version of Jonathan Calleri, which was already indisputable with Abelardo in the Alavés.But perhaps the most radical metamorphosis was experienced Marc Roca, who from a rude error in Butarque happened in the derby to be displayed. A lot of guilt was sure, in his case and in the rest, a sensible approach, with four defenses, with lines together, with order and pragmatism. The essences If they recover, Espanyol will. Against Barcelona they already glimpsed, and in what way, some of those improvements that the new coach is looking for, and that in fact he needs to settle urgently if he wants to have any option of achieving permanence. So what I only had seven workouts (one per day, plus the double session on Monday) to prepare a very difficult meeting. It crowded the “Yes you can!”From the Cornellà stand on Saturday night, while Espanyol players and fans exchanged applause after the most valuable tie in the derby. A scene totally opposite to that of the previous game, against Leganés, where a few players approached to apologize to the few fans displaced to Butarque.The parakeet set was reborn in Abelardo’s debut Fernández, whose success will be proportional to his ability to recover the best version of many of his players and even the essences of a dying club for almost the entire first round. read more