The 11-1 that reinforces Espanyol

After the thrashing against Logroñés, Castellón and Fuenlabrada, the perico team faces the last ten days as the top favorite.


The photograph perfectly illustrates Espanyol's state of happiness. Hugs and smiles for a leader who has chained nine games without losing and three resounding victories, with a partial of 11-1 in favor, a streak just before entering the final stretch of the championship that reinforces those of Vicente Moreno. There are ten games left and, although the coach does not say so in the press room, the Blue and Whites arrive at the sweetest moment of the season. "We wanted to take a hit to stay first," commented Adrián Embarba.

The truth is that Espanyol's numbers in these three games are out of the ordinary. The Blue and Whites have shot 61 times on goal and have averaged a possession of 72%, a clear dominance that reflects the ambition of the team although it has also been given by the minutes in which Vicente Moreno's team played with numerical superiority on the pitch. In total, he has played 140 minutes of the 270 regulations with one more footballer, which has also helped multiply the offensive statistics.

Despite this, Embarba considers that Espanyol's attitude was to go for everything from the beginning, as against Fuenlabrada: "It was a very complete game. We went to win from the first minute. The first goal came with the expulsion. We did the job, believing, insisting ... ". Espanyol has recovered its defensive security with the foray into the center of the defense of Fernando Calero, performing at a good level, and has only received a penalty. On the other hand, their differential players are close to their best version, such as Embarba himself, sergi Darder, Nico Melamed or Raúl de Tomás, absent against Logroñés, substitute in Castellón and double-scorer on Thursday.

"In training you can see the spark and the desire, the intensity. There is little left and you have to continue up. It gives you confidence to do numbers personally. I am daring, appearing, I never hide," replied Embarba, who already accumulates eight To close the week, the perico team visits Albacete on Sunday (4:00 pm), which also occupies the relegation zone and which the Blue and Whites have already won 3-0 in their debut in LaLiga SmartBank.

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