Espanyol host Eibar in a dead rubber tie on Wednesday and in his pre-match press conference, coach Quique Sanchez Flores looks back on what has been a troublesome season for him.
The Spaniard failed to improve on his eighth place finish last campaign and with his current side sitting 16th ten points clear of safety, it has been a season to forget for the Espanyol faithful.
Despite the slump, there was a stage mid-season where the Parakeets looked in contention for a Europa League spot until two wins in their last 14 games saw them plummet to the bottom end of LaLiga.
THE SEASON WILL TELL
The dip in form has caused many to question Flores’ position although the former Watford boss brushed off the rumours by telling reporters he is more concentrated on the upcoming fixture against Leganes.
“I have not thought for a minute about my future,” he told reporters on Tuesday,”it is a question that, like others, are for the end of the season.
“We have to try to make a good match at home, which is where we feel more comfortable. We regret a very poor season away from home. ”
FORTRESS AT HOME
The RDCE stadium has provided better viewing, Espanyol are currently five matches unbeaten streak at home although it has been their away form which has let them down.
“There have been several difficult times not to say that it has been a difficult season,” Flores admitted, “there is a feeling of emptiness that can not be filled.
“We work to fill emotions and when you do not, you feel sad and frustrated. Our job is a lot of insisting until things come out.”
Espanyol encounter no new injuries as they enter into midweek, Didac Vila is expected to start at left-back and attacking duo Leo Baptistao and Gerard Moreno should continue up top.