RdT, Embarba and Calero. It was going to be “one of the most important and difficult games of the season”, in the words of Vicente Moreno, the visit to an Albacete, both bottom and hurt in their pride. And certainly against the La Mancha, Espanyol did not give its most spectacular version of the course by far, but it did give one of the most pragmatic and effective, driven by the winning dynamics of these last days. The game was rough, except for the flashes of Puado, until Raúl de Tomás and Embarba appeared. Together they made the 0-1, with the help (and assistance) of Tomeu Nadal. The winger, MVP of LaLiga Smartbank in March determined to be also in April, in his umpteenth assist of the year he served 0-2 to Calero, who made his debut as a scorer, and renewed illusions for his great performance, in another target perica on the ball stopped. And, to put the icing on the cake, RdT’s 0-3 in the addition, to Dídac center.
Offensive Vicente Moreno. Often criticized for his conservatism, the Espanyol coach seems to have dropped in recent weeks, which is corroborated in lineups like the one he presented at Carlos Belmonte, with an offensive combo: Darder, Embarba, Puado, De Tomás, Dimata … And noted on other occasions by his hypothetical immobility in the changes, against Albacete he skilfully rescued Pedrosa from an upset, because he had yellow, replacing him at rest with a notable Dídac this week, just as against Fuenlabrada he had done with Cabrera. He knew how to move a squad immensely better than that of his rival, but he had been off one day less and suffered casualties, setbacks and fatigue this week with Melendo, Lluís, Cabrera, Keidi, Puado, Pedrosa, Vargas …
The ‘teenager’ Omar. Undoubtedly, the bad news for Espanyol at Belmonte, where they had never won in a league game (four defeats and two draws in the six previous visits), was the departure of Óscar Gil, who could be lost due to a blow to the shoulder the remainder of the season. With Miguelón also the victim of a long convalescence, Vicente Moreno had to admit Omar El Hilali. Blessed impudence is that of this right-handed side of the street, from the Santa Eulalia neighborhood in L’Hospitalet, who emerged from the subsidiary at the age of 17, even younger than when Nico Melamed debuted, who was 18. Dani Jarque Sports City is an inexhaustible quarry of diamonds that, and that is the important thing, perform in the first team. And so it must happen with him if the bad omens about Óscar Gil are confirmed.
The 0-3 of Raúl de Tomás.
JOSEMA MORENO (DIARIO AS)
Thrown to the ascent. Albacete-Espanyol did not have much more history than what it means for parrots in the qualifying table. And there the value is enormous. The blue and white team is consolidated as the leader of the Second Division, now alone, and leaves the cut with the third classified by up to seven points, that is, with the first who does not rise directly. At seven points, which is not little, in tribute to José Luis Cuerda and his magical Albacete cinephilia. And all thanks to a streak of ten games without losing, of which the last four have resulted in victories, 14 goals scored and with only one goal against. Unbeatable context to face the penultimate effort on the mandatory path to Primera: Espanyol-Leganés and Almería-Espanyol in the next two weeks.