Following the comeback in their 2-1 win over Real Sociedad, head coach Quique Sanchez Flores has acknowledged that his Espanyol has “more confidence” and explained why it was so important his players never let the bad form affect them.
The victory extends their unbeaten run to seven and puts them within four points of a Europa League place.
Flores saw his side go behind in the 41st minute when centre-back Duarte slipped and allowed Willian Jose through to put the ball beyond goalkeeper Pau Lopez at his near post.
However, a performance to remember by Espanyol talisman Leo Baptistao ensured the points. His volley levelled the scores before his cross prompted opposing goalkeeper Moya to bring down Gerard Moreno inside the box for a penalty.
The Spaniard missed the initial spot-kick but followed up the rebound for his 14th goal of this campaign.
Manager Flores felt his side’s recent form has had a positive affect on his players and expects the upward trajectory to continue.
“Winning is important, we are better, we have more confidence and the players feel more secure,” said Flores after the game.
“I hope this match will help us overcome that moment of difficulty we had, we kept standing and that has allowed us to reach this point and for the players to show their quality.”
Having drawn five of their last six La Liga games, Flores said that his men will look to keep the good work up.
“This is the team we wanted to see at the beginning of the season,” he explained.
“But for facts we will not evaluate, it has not been possible until now, we will try to last the rest of the season.”
Now that the former Watford boss has turned Espanyol’s results around, he firmly believes they can stay among the top ten.
“It’s the goal from the beginning of the season,” he commented.
“Once we reach it, we will look as high as possible. We want the team not to play in comfortable areas. We know what we can demand.”
Espanyol have only lost once in their last seven La Liga home games and look in good stead for their away clash against Real Betis next Saturday and when asked about where Espanyol will end up, Flores said he only thinks of the present.
“I only think of this season and the next game. It did not work for us previously thinking about the past or the future,” he added.
“It is better for us to think about the present, that is the formula.”