Thursday, May 26

“If the derby was played 10 more times, nine more times we would win it”


  • The Espanyol coach assures that he will go out to win against Real Sociedad, which he considers “the team that does things the best”

The Spanish receives this Sunday (4.15pm) at Real society wanting to restart a good streak of results, after falling in a derby that Vicente Moreno left him good feelings. “If the derby was played 10 more times, maybe one would lose it, but nine times we would win it”, The Blue and White coach, an admirer of Imanol Alguacil and La Real, has assured this Saturday, which he considers “the team that does things the best.”

Espanyol has won a match in the last five, so Moreno, while noting that what counts in football is the result, clings to the positive of the derby. After a timorous first half, the Blue and Whites ended up besieging Ter Stegen’s area and wasting clear chances, especially one of In the eyes. “If the result had been the same as against Madrid we would give it more value,” he said.

The Belgian striker is one of the doubts for the clash, along with David Lopez. It is difficult for the coach to repeat eleven, something he has not done in the 14 days played. Moreno believes that he has a deep enough squad to rotate and face these setbacks, and the possible casualties will not make him change his idea of ​​the game: “We will go to win”.

Many casualties and the unknown of Isak

On the side ‘txuri-urdin’, leader of the League until last week and that the continuity in the Europa League was complicated on Thursday, there are many more casualties. Imanol will not be able to count on Elustondo, Mikel Merino or David Silva and has Isak’s doubt, who injured his ankle against Monaco. “You already know me, I will not look for excuses because I do not like coaches who cling to them, injuries or other causes. We have to live with this and face it with those of us who are because last year we already had games without one and without another and we did well, “argues the Basque coach, who highlighted the quality and physique of players such as” Vidal, Embarba, Raúl de Tomás and Darder. “

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Only one game have Espanyol lost at home this season, but Real is the second best visitor in the league, behind only Madrid. “We will have to do things very well. We have a rival who individually has as much quality as other teams that have been champions, but above all collectively, it is the team that does things best. I am an admirer of Real and its coach, “Vicente Moreno analyzed without sparing praise.

The expected casualties in his rival do not make him more confident. “If the Real has something, it is that at the level of mechanisms and work they always do well, play one or the other. They have been a leader until recently and to achieve that you have to have a high level and do things very well. Our concern is in to do things well ourselves, to give a good level, “added the Masanasa coach.




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