It seemed that since David Gallego was sacked after eight games in which Espanyol had just five points, everything would be better for the blue and white team. Pablo Machín, a coach with a method he had consolidated in Girona and Seville (although a bad race in the second round cost him his seat), received the backing of the sports management and all club properties. But eight games later, Soriano's number of coaches is even worse than his predecessor and Espanyol's more critical situation. The same goes for the coach, who plays his future against Betis on Sunday and Leganés next week. The team is still without an electroshock.
Espanyol's season is a coin with two identical faces, described by Galego and Machin. Two paths practically traced, but with nuances.
Espanyol with Gallego scored five points out of 24 (21%) with a goal balance of -10. The parakeet team did not have a clear playing pattern, expressed by the players they are protecting themselves, as they did not understand aspects of the game the coach intended. The worst data in this series were defeats against rivals who are now direct in the fight for salvation: Granada, Valladolid and Mallorca beat the team by two goals or more. Espanyol also could not impose having started preseason earlier and getting more kicks than their rivals for playing the previous Europa League, which is common in such sets.
With Machín, Espanyol had a harder road, with Valencia, Villarreal, Atlético, Getafe, Real Madrid or Atlético. The coach added four points from 24 (17%) and his goal balance is also -10. Espanyol started out as a defensively safe team with defects in attack, losing 0-1 to Villarreal and winning 0-1 against Levante, and then getting as fragile behind as the front with San Mamés 3-0. , the second half against Valencia (1-2) or Wanda (3-1). The zenith was 2-4 against Osasuna.
Espanyol are deflating despite the good start of coach Soriano. The road is still a mountain.