Celtic in front of hell

The light blue, plagued by casualties, need to win to save themselves or, failing that, Leganes against Real Madrid. Espanyol says goodbye to Primera.


When the Celta players step onto the pitch at the RCDE Stadium this afternoon, they will be in hell itself. Not because of the high temperatures, which also, or because the decline is inevitable, since that will depend on themselves, but because they visit an Espanyol who says goodbye to the First Division after 26 uninterrupted years, and 85 in total for now, in the elite. A resounding descent that Oscar's just try to avoid (follow the match live on As.com) .

Celta is worth winning, an a priori affordable goal against a parrot team chaining the worst losing streak in its history: eight, six of which with Rufete, who has not scored a single point. But, if due to nerves, his own inertia (two points out of 15) or a bluish-white outburst of self-esteem his mission is complicated, he will have the Leganés bullet left. The light-blue ones will also remain in First, even if they tie or lose, as long as the pepineros do not defeat Real Madrid.

Celta has almost everything in its favor except the losses, which multiplied on Thursday against Levante. Óscar loses Rafinha and Nolito by sanction, and he has 'overbooking' in the infirmary between the goalkeepers, Rubén Blanco and Sergio Álvarez, in addition to Denis Suárez, Aidoo, Juncà and Smolov. Absences in Espanyol range from forced absences (Bernardo, Darder and Raúl de Tomás) to voluntary ones, by Diego López and Calleri, sensitive under normal conditions, although at this point it is no longer known.

Pericos and celestes lived a very similar situation in the last day of LaLiga 2012-13. Then, Espanyol de Aguirre, today precisely technical for Leganés, arrived at Balaídos, against a Celta who two weeks before was bottom but was saved in that agonizing encounter with a solitary goal by Natxo Insa. Today it is decided again if the Galicians are in hell only to visit.

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