He unveiled (in both meanings) Chen Yansheng in the Shareholders’ Meeting Tuesday that the Espanyol doesn’t allow you to fall asleep. When he wins, because of the adrenaline that brings him so much joy. And when he loses, because of the spins he gives to such sadness. Today the president will see from the box Cornellà, as rarely happens during the year, a match that also presents itself as inconsequential for competition purposes. Whatever happens, the parakeets are group first and the CSKA Moscow is eliminated (follow the match live on As.com).
Maybe what I won’t let Chen sleep this time are 570,000 euros in play for the win and 190,000 in the event of a tie. Money such as the one that will allow the club to extend its salary cap and therefore sign in January. To help a football that lives today in this farewell of the group stage on the way to the sixteenths something similar to the tense calm that the student experiences the night before the big exam, which in this case will be the visit to Cornell Betis, next Sunday, with an obligation to win so as not to condemn himself further to the relegation.
That incredible contrast between LaLiga And Europe, worthy of study, at least has kept alive some illusion among the parish perica, which has to night minor challenges. As if the least of the most common ones continue to perform at a high level, since Andrés Prieto, who aims to debut to give rest to Diego López, Lluís López, Pol Lozano or Campuzano. Most are quarries and youngsters, as a CSKA has surprisingly attached to the continental competition after harvesting, until today, two draws, three losses and no victories.
The Russians are opposed to a Spanish that, among these mini-goals, also aims to extend their record of 26 undefeated continental matches, or to remain the only competitor in all editions of the Europa League that it has never lost. A victorious path that the parakeets want to move to LaLiga, where their mind is.
Javi Lopez, Naldo and Ferreyra, the face; Melendo, the cross
That Espanyol’s line-up against CSKA will be riddled with unusual footballers is, although until today the call will not be known, all evidence that not even the same Pablo Machín hid yesterday when asked directly by a Russian journalist.
In addition, the perico technician will be able to count on some players who had caused discharge in recent weeks, such as Javi Lopez and Naldo Gomes, who in the pre-match session were already out of trouble with the rest of their teammates. He did, too. Facundo Ferreyra, to whom Machín may give minutes if he deems appropriate even though a finger of his hand was injured and must wear a bandage.
The negative side of all these highs is offered Oscar Melendo, who in Tuesday’s training suffered a sprained ankle, so the coach will reserve it at least for tonight’s game. And so will several LaLiga headlines.