Cornellà is a wasteland in LaLiga but a bunker in Europe

Espanyol counts their league matches for defeats, but have won three and tied one in continental competition. The losing streak comes from Montjuïc.


As the Espanyol account for defeats the six games that this League has played in Cornellà-El Prat, the last against Valencia last Saturday (1-2), the stadium moves absolutely when it comes to facing European competitions. A tradition that comes from the Olympic Stadium

So far this year, and so far always with David Gallego in command, the parakeet had played four home games in the Europa League, three in advance and one corresponding to the group stage. Espanyol started beating the Icelandic Stjarnan (4-0) in the middle of July and the Swiss Luzern (3-0), and also defeated Zorya Luhansk (3-1), without excessive setbacks, on August 22, in August which surprisingly constitutes the last victory harvested so far in Cornellà. Already in the league, the Blue and Whites debuted against Ferencvaros (1-1), although they deserved to win.

In Montjuïc, Espanyol already accumulated seven undefeated matches, all corresponding to the 2006-07 UEFA Cup, in which he reached the final: 3-1 against Artmedia in Bratislava, 6-2 at Zulte Waregem, 1-0 at Vienna Austria , 2-0 to Livorno, 4-0 to Maccabi Haifa, 3-2 to Benfica and 3-0 against Werder Bremen who paved the way to the Glasgow final.

Not surprisingly, Espanyol has not lost a European game as a local team for 13 and a half years, specifically since February 23, 2006, when it fell into the hands of Schalke 04 by a blunt 0-3, the sentence in the sixteenth of UEFA Cup final 2005-06.

Since then, and in that 11-game losing streak, Espanyol has managed to score three or more goals up to eight times. Pablo Machín debuts tonight before the Ludogorets to try to expand the European bunker in the place of the garter belt.



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