There was an air of pessimism at Espanyol, tired of seeing how the team lost campaign to campaign in the no man's land of the table, without economic response after the illusive arrival of Chen Yansheng to the presidency. Then, Rubi appeared. The coach, with a blue and white background, was a blanket of fresh air, especially of hope, supported by a proposal of cheerful football. "When we arrived, we had the negative club feeling. But for four months, together, we made everything look good and beautiful, "explains Rubi. Four months in which Espanyol added 21 points, surprise of LaLiga after climbing to the second position.
However, the boys of Rubi deflated: five consecutive defeats, with an average of three goals in conceded by duel after receiving an average of 1.07 in the first 11 days. There are those who attribute it to a decline in the physical condition of the players, after starting in flames LaLiga. "It gives the feeling that they are not so fine", they explain in Sant Adrià. A hypothesis that they dismantle from the group: "I do not think it is a physical issue, if you analyze the GPS data we are equal or better".
The loneliness of Borja
The hard core of the blue and white group were hurt by the defeat against Sevilla – the first of the five consecutive -, much more the suffered against Girona in Cornellà. "It was two games that we played very well. In addition, for how those defeats occurred ", they justify. After the falls against Sevilla (2-1) and Girona (3-1), Espanyol lost against Getafe (3-0), Barcelona (0-4) and Betis (1-3). Three goals scored in five games, two by striker Borja Iglesias, who has eight of Espanyol's 18 goals in LaLiga. "We can not always depend on Borja, there are other players who have to take a step forward," analyzed at Espanyol.
The other forwards have contributed little goal: Baptistao (one), Piatti (one), Hernán Pérez (two) and Sergio García (two). Neither the flyers with arrival, have complemented Borja Iglesias. Granero has signed two goals, one by Sergi Darder. In a short template, the revulsive ones do not start, added the injuries of Mario Hermoso, Sergio García and Javi López, key pieces in the Rubi scheme. "I am very supportive of my staff. One or two injuries can not serve as an argument to justify that something has gone wrong. It is a poor argument. It is true that there are players who are not at the same level as before and also that the coaching staff has not made the right decisions ", analyzes Rubi. "It is true that some decisions of the coach have not been understood well", complete from the locker room.
They understand from the technical staff that the level of the rivals has not helped either. "We're not happy or having a good time. We are in a very bipolar situation, everything was great and, now, with five straight defeats, spectacular sensations have been lowered. We will live it again, but now it's time to row, "says Rubi. And they will row, no less than with Atlético de Madrid in the Metropolitan Wanda (16.15, beIN LaLiga).