Another life for Espanyol

The victory in Mallorca restores faith to the fans and strengthens the squad in their conviction. It will be a crucial week: you can finish it third or leader.


Inspire, breathe out and see the world differently today Espanyol, who against Mallorca achieved a victory more than balsamic. A victory that puts him back in the thick of things, in the fierce fight for direct promotion that has Almería as third in contention, which breaks a disastrous three-game winless streak and restores faith in his team to the fans and to the squad, the peace of mind of knowing that the path he was tracing was the correct one. At least in these first 25 days, which is not little.

The pineapple with which the footballers celebrated the victory in Son Moix, despite the fact that the vermilion Dani Rodríguez did not like - he criticized, still at the foot of the field and with high pulsations, that the parakeets were celebrating it as if they were already champions - , was the expression of the relief caused by 1-2 and reinforces that conviction that Vicente Moreno's plan is adequate. "We did what we had been doing in the first round, playing well but being strong at the back and taking advantage of what we had, which in Second is what counts," recapitulated Sergi Darder, one of the players who best deploys and explains football in the squad . In his opinion, efficiency was the main difference between Mallorca's triumph and the stumbling blocks against Girona, Rayo Vallecano and Lugo.

With pragmatism as the flag, and with Javi Puado hoisting in this section of the championship the flag of leadership that different teammates have raised during the season - Raúl de Tomás, Adrián Embarba, Nico Melamed or Diego López -, in reality the Espanyol starts from the solidity that it did have in the first round and that, in Son Moix, the goalkeeper had to compensate with two brave interventions. The result does serve to continue adding cement, now without so much noise around it, as Darder himself recognized: "These three points are extremely important, not only because of the classification, but because of the doubts that people may have" .

Y, more than doubts, what the team has now is the projection of linking another good dynamic. Like the one that arrived after a stage like the one they suffered at the beginning of 2021, when the parrots linked three days without winning against Fuenlabrada, Girona and Leganés. So, the following were five consecutive victories, with Zaragoza, Cartagena, Sporting, Logroñés and Almería as victims.

Now, the challenge begins with Sabadell, on Sunday at the RCDE Stadium, with an eye on Almería all week, which on Wednesday recovers its postponed match in Butarque and on Sunday visits Mallorca. In other words, Espanyol can leave the direct promotion zone in the middle of the week, in the same way that they can end these seven days by regaining the leadership of Segunda. But always with recovered spirits. A new life.

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