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2019/2020

Espanyol

In


Matias Vargas (mid) Velez Sarsfield; Ander Iturraspe (mid) Athletic Club; Andres Prieto (gk) Leganes; Bernardo Espinosa (def) Girona; Pipa (def) Gimnastic; Fernando Calero (def) Real Valladolid

Out


Mario Hermoso (r) (def) Atletico Madrid; Roberto Rosales (r) (def) Malaga; Roberto (sp) (gk) West Ham; Hernan Perez (sp) (att) Al Ahli; Oscar Duarte (sp) (def) Levante; Alfa Semedo (sp) (def) Benfica; Sergio Garcia (sp) (att) Released

The 2018/19 season was a major success for Espanyol as they managed to qualify for the Europa League on the final day, their first European qualification in over a decade. Rubi, the coach who steered Espanyol into Europe, then left during the summer, so that was a major blow and it’ll make it difficult for the club to repeat the feat of last season. David Gallego, a man who knows the club so well and who has been caretaker in the past with four wins from five, has come in and he is viewed as a fairly safe pair of hands. The goal for Espanyol was to keep the squad largely the same. They lost starting centre-back Mario Hermoso and starting right-back Roberto Rosales, which is a blow, but otherwise there haven’t been any departures that look too detrimental. They’ve quietly added some good players too, in addition to the very talented January signing from China Wu Lei. With a strong squad and with a very good youth academy to fall back on, Espanyol are in a good situation. It’d have been good if they could have kept their coach, but they should still be competitive. A strength for Espanyol is in attack, where they have the ability to score goals from few chances. A weakness is the fact that they can be very hot or cold. Even last season on their way to European qualification, they had runs of excellent form and then runs of terrible form.

Target


Europa League qualification. Espanyol’s chances of re-qualifying for Europe are slimmer based on what has happened during the off-season, as well as the fact they’ll now have midweek fixtures to contend with. But their ambition should still be to take part in the fight for European qualification.

Season Review
2019/2020

№20: Espanyol

Espanyol had a disastrous 2019/20 campaign and are headed to the second division for the first time in 27 years. They finished seventh last season and even qualified for Europe, but really struggled to combine midweek football with their domestic obligations – especially as they went all the way to the Europa League last 32. Losing coach Rubi and star striker Borja Iglesias in the summer also didn’t help. They were poor from the beginning and they were strangely terrible at home all season, winning just two of their 19 home matches. The poor early form saw David Gallego sacked after eight games, but things didn’t get much better under the tactically complicated Pablo Machin and he was out after 10 games in charge. Abelardo came in at the midway point in the season and finally things started to change, especially after they spent big money in January to sign Raul De Tomas, Adrian Embarba and Leandro Cabrera. De Tomas was particularly excellent, but the team’s good form didn’t last. After winning their first match back after the coronavirus pause, there was fresh hope for Espanyol. But, they then didn’t win again. Abelardo didn’t even finish the season as sporting director Rufete took over for the final few weeks once their fate was sealed and blooded in some of the youngsters from their academy. It looks like Espanyol will have a huge budget as they try for a bounce-back promotion, while they’ll also have their very good academy to lean on. They’ll be a huge favourite to come back up, but they do need to go and find the right coach.


Player of the Season: Marc Roca

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