Espanyol boss Rubi has promised fans that they will now see a ‘courageous and ambitious’ Espanyol side after a dismal 2017/2018 season.
The 48-year-old coach guided Huesca to a famous promotion last month, handing them a place in La Liga – but he quickly left the club to take over from Quique Sanchez Flores at Espanyol, who departed the Catalan club in April.
Espanyol finished the campaign in 11th position after David Gallego oversaw an upturn in results including memorable results including a Catalan derby win over Girona and the first LaLiga victory for a visiting side at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Rubi will now bring his tactics to the RCDE Stadium alongside his support staff, who will join him in making the move to Catalonia at the end of the season.
And, he has promised the club’s fans of an improvement: “I demand my team plays with courage,” Rubi told reporters.
“We want to have a brave team, one who can combine both attack and defence, to be cohesive in play and to take calculated risks.
“This team has become renowned the past two seasons for being defensively solid – I want to continue that of course but we must score more goals.
“We must firstly make our players believe in what we do but we want to give the fans a team to be proud of, so that they can buy into our methods.
“I really enjoyed my time at Huesca and I am grateful to them, but this was a job I had to accept.”
Most of that ‘courage’ and ‘ambition’ will largely be down to Rubi’s commitment to keeping hold of some in-form players, having already seen Aaron Martin leave for a move to Benfica.
Spanish striker Gerard Moreno has been arguably Espanyol’s best player in the past two seasons, but with that form has come interest from a number of Premier League and La Liga clubs, with Villarreal leading the list.