Espanyol returns to the punishment cell 904 days later

He had been hanging around them for a while, months even due to the World Cup break. But it was this time, after 16 games, when Espanyol hopelessly closes the day in relegation places. an alarming penultimate position which comes after the parakeet draw against Girona (2-2), combined with the victories of Celta in Elche (0-1), Cádiz in Mestalla (0-1) and Sevilla against Getafe (2-1), which leaves Diego Martínez’s men in an unprecedented situation precisely since the last time Espanyol went down to Second.

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904 days later of that July 19, 2020, the last day in Primera in the worst season in blue and white historydue to the 25 points added, the team falls into an area that it did not even explore last season, that of the return to the elite, since with Vicente Moreno the lowest he fell was to sixteenth place and, furthermore, very soon, after the third and fifth days. In fact, He was ninth and at this point he was eleventh, with 20 points. With 24 he concluded the first round and with 42, the championship.

One step more than Moreno, until the eighth place, gave anecdotally the current Espanyol of Diego Martínez on the first dayafter the 2-2 in Balaídos, but instead on two other occasions (after losing in Anoeta, 2-1, and drawing in Cádiz, 2-2) he had already stayed seventeenthor, on the edge of the relegation zone. The 14 current points They leave the parakeet group halfway between the one from a season ago and the one that fell to Second.

Yangel Herrera's goal that leaves Espanyol in relegation.


Yangel Herrera’s goal that leaves Espanyol in relegation.JOAN MONFORTDiary AS

Because in that 2019-20 season, at this point Espanyol had the same victories as now, twobut many more defeats, up to 11, which already placed him at the bottom with nine points. Due, he had already changed coaches oncewith the dismissal of David Gallego, and he was two games away from attending the departure of Pablo Machín, although two others would remain, Abelardo Fernández and Francisco Joaquín Pérez Rufete. In the positions below he had gotten after the fifth day to never leave again.

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With the stay at only one point and 22 days aheadEspanyol has a world left to leave this day in the penalty area in a mere scare. To begin with, you should visit next Sunday a Getafe who until now seemed much calmer but who, in case of defeating him, will equalize in the classification. The fight for salvation has numerous teams in a fist, which will fluctuate with each victory. Although for that you will have to get them, of course.

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