Upon landing in Barcelona, the president of Espanyol, Chen Yansheng, moved to the sports city of Sant Adrià with translator and consultant Mao Ye. The two arrived mid-morning, while the team took an hour to start the training session (it was scheduled for 10:45, but only started at 11:40). The situation of the first team, with only nine points and bad feelings in the last meetings, is now the priority of the owner of the entity.
Chen met Pablo Machín and talked to the coach for a few minutes while he also entered the locker room and talked to some soccer players. The president greeted the director general of sports, Oscar Perarnau, and He discussed some purely sporting aspects with Francisco Rufete, professional football director. Also present was Vice President Carlos García Pont. Perarnau was the first to leave the facility shortly before Machín, while Chen left around 3:30 pm. Rufete and García Pont spent more time together.
According to those present, Chen held some meetings in Sant Adrià, although the deepest ones at the sporting level occur throughout the week, when the names that sports management proposes to reinforce the team are actually placed on the table. Espanyol now have two free tokens and one or two players are expected to quit, either designated or terminated, as up to 12 players will terminate their membership in June. Espanyol are looking for between two and three reinforcements, including a striker, a central midfielder and a midfielder, without discarding a full-back if he is shot. Of the 12 million that the entity has, the idea is to allocate them to ceded players and never reach that limit, as García Pont said last week.
Another issue that will be on the table is the continuity of Machín. Today, sports management believes Soria's coach is ideal for ending the season and saving the team. Work on training and group involvement is maximum, but in the end everyone guarantees that the results will be sent, so not adding Betis or Leganés could precipitate a new coach change as a last resort. A situation that, on the other hand, is not expected, as there is confidence that Espanyol's fate will change before the end of the year.
The president will not vary beyond the sports investment plan, nor will major revolutions be made. Hiring training will be more than ever forced to change an increasingly complicated situation.