Espanyol looks for its first victory of the year in a euphoric San Mamés

February 6, 2022

  • The Blue and Whites, who cannot count on RDT, sanctioned, have not left their door clean since November

  • Athletic comes from throwing Barça and Madrid in their field in the Cup, and on Thursday they have another duel against Valencia

The Spanish does not know what it is to win in this 2022. Since on December 31 it finally debuted away from home with an epic final comeback in Mestalla, the group of Vincent Moreno has harvested two defeats and a tie in the League and in the Cup he was eliminated by Mallorca after kicking Ponferradina on penalties. A painful streak that the Blue and Whites will try to break before the fittest team at the start of the year, Athletic, in a stadium that seems subscribed to the joys, after getting rid of Barça and Madrid in the Cup.

Moreno is clear that his team will have to go “to the limit” in San Mamés against a team “in great form”. But go in the shock “a good and exciting opportunity” to reverse the situation, which he does not consider alarming: “The line is very thin between finding yourself in one situation or another. A difference of two or three points leaves you exactly the same as Valencia or almost the same as Athletic”.

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Waiting for the call, Espanyol travels to Bilbao with three men between cottons (Pedrosa, Aleix Vidal and Calero), but above all without a Raúl de Tomás, sanctioned, who has scored three goals in his four duels against ‘los Leones’. “Loren, Dimata, Wu Lei and Puado can play. They all have a good chance of showing up and playing a great game,” said Moreno, who has an almost bigger problem behind: since November (11 games) his team has not left his door clean.

Athletic could make changes thinking about Thursday’s cup duel against Valencia. Unai Vencedor and Nico Williams are safely out due to injury, while Marcelino recovers Sancet and Villalibre for the front.