Abelardo’s ‘summer’ before the storm
Espanyol will live a kind of summer in the middle of January, without a League and with a focus on the market, with a new coach who will face this mini preseason with the motivation drawn from 2-2 against Barcelona. After this summer, the storm will come. Espanyol will begin the countdown to four points of salvation, an idyllic situation taking into account the circumstances. Five days ago, the distance was the same and in this section the blue and white team was able to add two points. Those below do not react.The market: the ups and downsRaúl de Tomás and Mariano are still plans A and B of Espanyol in attack, but the parakeet club will also drop. Players like Pipa or even Ferreyra could leave the squad. A conversion that will start now.The game model: solidity and verticalityAbelardo will try to create a supportive Espanyol and that defends in own field but that alternates the pressure, as well as that it is vertical and quickly looks for the spaces. You will have to adapt the players to the roles.Psychology: gain confidenceApart from the tactical aspects, Abelardo will try to take advantage of the wave of its premiere so that the template retains that confidence and optimism to face the following meetings. The technician considers it a fundamental aspect.The strategy: the secret weaponThe stopped ball already gave Espanyol a goal against Barcelona but must give him more. It is one of the aspects of the game that Abelardo values most, and will continue to influence these days in improving the plays. The team’s secret weapon. From this afternoon until the weekend of January 18 and 19, Abelardo Fernández will have practically two weeks (which could involve ten trainings) to instill the team with their ideas and begin to give a new form to the staff. A break for the dispute of the Supercopa of Spain that will have a particularity that helps the Asturian: in the absence of international commitments, you can count on all the players. Matías Vargas, who had options to go with the Argentine Olympic team to play the qualifying tournament, has not finally entered. Another good news for the coach.With the Copa match against San Sebastián de los Reyes on the horizon this Sunday (12:00) as a perfect test bench, the market is the other focus. After the end of the Christmas festivities, the sports management expects to close at least two players before the match against Villarreal that can begin to enter the group dynamics, although for the moment they have not transcended very advanced negotiations.