La Liga

Espanyol Will Stay Up

Espanyol president, Daniel Sanchez Llibre, has admitted today that survival will be hard for his team but it is not impossible. The Catalans currently sit eight points from safety in La Primera and with only ten games left, they have a mammoth task on their hands.

Sanchez Llibre told Sport that whilst he knows it is tough, he thinks his team can achieve it and stay in the top flight.

“It will not be easy but we have to believe that we can get out of a hard situation. There are 30 points left and we have to get 20 or 21. It is not impossible that we can survive. It is true that it will not be easy but we have to try and do our best,” he mused.

In a bid to try and ensure survival, coach Mauricio Pochettino went on a walk to Montserrat to pray this week, and whilst the president is not sure he will go quite so far, he is willing to at least go on foot to the new stadium.

“I have never made promises, because when they are done one has to comply with them. If Pochettino walks to Montserrat I will try to go with him, although I have two hernias so perhaps I will go halfway and someone will pick me up. I will compromise and go from the Montjuic to the Cornella-El Prat,” he joked.

After the international break, Espanyol have a game against Deportivo La Coruna and then a key match with Numancia, who are also struggling with relegation.