Espanyol pursues the Primera car against a Lugo landlord

With the prodigal son Diego López and dismounted to third place, the parakeets visit an undefeated Nafti in the Anxo Carro. Appiah and Dimata, premiere.


Espanyol celebrated its Copa del Rey conquered in Mestalla and Lugo closed an anodyne campaign in Second B when Diego López left the club of his life when he came of age that summer of 2000 to try his luck in an entire Real Madrid . "I had to work not twice or three times as much as the others, but more," he recently recalled in AS. Today the goalkeeper returns surprisingly for the first time to Anxo Carro as a veteran of a Espanyol that plays much more than three points on a stage that has become impregnable (follow the game live on .

Since Nafti's arrival on matchday six, he has not lost at the Anxo Carro el Lugo, which shows as credentials the good game of the first round in Cornellà, where the albivermellos were better at times and were close to scratching something. At present, Lugo calmly passes through Segunda, in the temperate zone and without the surprises of past seasons. In addition, the club bet heavily on this winter market, incorporating on loan Arvin Appiah, a player from Almería who cost almost nine million last season and who could make his debut against the parrots.

In sports, Nafti has Chris Ramos and electric Gerard Valentín among cottons, so the return to eleven of 'Puma' Rodríguez on the left and Cristian Herrera on the right is expected. Up Manu Barreiro will continue to be the benchmark after his two goals against Leganés, while Xavi Torres and Juanpe will share the handle.

But Appiah, a double agent on loan from a direct rival of the parrots such as Almería - right now, with one more point and one less game - will not be the only striker to make his debut in a call-up. Although he also points to the bench, with Espanyol Landry Nany Dimata traveled this Sunday, on loan from Anderlecht after passing two exhaustive medical examinations and called to be the attacking pair of a Raúl de Tomás who today can be spurred after having lost the ' top scorer in the category in favor of Uros Djurdjevic.

While waiting for the goal to be consolidated, the other facet to be recovered by Espanyol is defensive solidity, to which the return of David López after serving a sanction will contribute, just what the main Blue and White absence in the match will have to do against Lugo. Car Width: Sergi Darder.

Although, beyond the players, what Vicente Moreno's team cannot miss are points. After suffering three defeats in the last four days and having provisionally fallen from direct promotion, he can only win. And, paradoxically, if he does it this Monday and Sunday against Mallorca, he will not only abandon third position but will regain the lead. Magical. Like the return to Lugo of Diego López, the prodigal son.

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