09/20/2021 at 9:25 PM CEST
Not losing when you deserve it is also a virtue. It was brought out by Espanyol at Benito Villamarín, where it survived a superior Betis. Fate wanted the (almost) same discount time that deprived him of scoring – deservedly – against Atlético to give him a point in another very long addition that it seems that from this course it will be a common trend. Cabrera’s goal in 97 ‘could be a turning point so that the team begins to find the right course, in the same way that it did last year in Segunda with Melamed’s goal in 95 against Mirandés.
That visit to Anduva was the last setback for a team that saw how their promotion could be seriously complicated. The reaction? Pocketing 23 of the 27 possible points in the next nine days to mathematically seal the return to the elite. It is true that Second is Second and First is First, but the situation invites optimism. On Wednesday Alavés, bottom of the league without any points in the locker, visits the RCDE Stadium. The babazorros have a poor balance of one goal in favor and ten against. They come to Barcelona even more needy than the whole parakeet.
If the present supports the theory that Espanyol finally finds the way to the first victory, the past confirms it even more. The last triumph of the Vitoria team in Blue and White territory dates back to 2002 (1-2). Since then, the last seven precedents with the Catalan team acting as local resulted in five wins and two draws.
The week is demanding, because after the effort against Betis now it is the turn of this meeting in the middle of a week that will end with the visit to Sevilla. It will be on Saturday at 6.30pm. If the first victory had not been achieved at that point, Moreno’s team would seriously approach the figures of the worst historical start in First in this century. The most disastrous start was in 2012/13, when Espanyol accumulated only one point at this point and it wasn’t until matchday 8 that the first joy came.