Celtic celebrates salvation from fear

The situation ceased for the celestial ones, although at no time were they in decline. It was enough 0-0 for Leganés' draw. Decent farewell to Espanyol.


He painted a civil servant salvation, with the emotion of a desktop telefilm. Celta was visiting an evicted Espanyol, relegated and with a backpack of eight defeats. And after nine minutes, Real Madrid scored against Leganés, which left him on a layup. But, while in Butarque the marker was moving like the Stock Market, the celestial ones were unable to beat the parakeets. The process became an agony, although with a happy ending more for demerits pepineros than the merits of a nervous Celtic as a flan.

The casualties (Rafinha, Nolito, Denis Suárez, his two goalkeepers ...) and fear gripped the celestial. And the losses paradoxically gave wings to an improved parakeet set, which on day 38 finally traced more than two passes in a row. The entry of Pol Lozano, Nico Melamed and Melendo, who agreed with Marc Roca and Embarba, contributed the best of this final section to forget Espanyol. And with Wu Lei, who before the break had already enjoyed three clear opportunities against some celestial players missing in attack, without rhythm.

In fact, the Blue and Whites got to score in the first half, a goal by Embarba, but Cordero Vega annulled it after consulting with the VAR when verifying that he himself had prevented Bradaric from clearing.

That canceled 1-0 was more providential than imaginable, since Leganés had just tied against Madrid, which would have brought the descent very dangerously close. The arreón was also fruitless at the start of the second half of the vigueses, relieved again by the 2-1 of Madrid that the substitutes celebrated in the stands of Cornellà.

It was after an opportunity for the recently entered Vargas when a Celta got his batteries that had his guard finisher in Sisto. And that he began to really suffer with the 2-2 of Leganés. Iago Aspas knew it, appearing almost at the end. In the stands, Denis Suárez followed the Butarque match and crossed himself Nolito. It was not be for lowerly. Desperate, but saved, the celestial continue in First. Not so Espanyol.

Óscar García

Celta's coach, Óscar García Junyent, stated this Sunday after the draw against Espanyol at the RCDE Stadium that he dedicates salvation "to all the fans" of the team and thanked "those who believed" in the team .

The coach also remembered those who have not relied at any time on Celta's permanence options. "I also thank them because they have made us stronger," said the Catalan coach.

In any case, the coach acknowledged that in the club they must do "self-criticism" for the script of the season, since Celta has been saved mathematically on the last day of the championship.

Óscar García Junyent explained that as a technician what you always want is "to plan the squad and start from scratch". "We knew that having such a young group we could accuse him and we wanted to get the maximum points possible to come up with more options," he said.


Espanyol coach Francisco Joaquín Pérez Rufete said after the draw against Celta at RCDE Stadium that "an important week begins tomorrow to define highs and lows, especially the starts."

In this sense, one of the first decisions of the also sports director is to sign the new coach: "It is one of the first decisions to start building the squad." Rufete assumed office temporarily after the dismissal of Abelardo Fernández.

On the other hand, the current coach said that the team, in his opinion, "has not lowered its arms" after relegation to the Second Division. "Our people are disappointed that what has happened this year is not to be proud of. It cannot be justified," Rufete said in a serious tone.

Questioned about the future of Espanyol, Rufete asserted that the planning of the following campaigns involves "having great grassroots football for the present and having a stable economic future." "The future is with many consolidated house players," he added.

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