RCD Espanyol appointed Rubi as head coach in the summer after the 48-year-old had led Huesca to promotion.
The former Espanyol B player and coach looks to be a shrewd acquisition for Periquitos who have had a solid start to their La Liga campaign.
Espanyol exploits being overlooked
Espanyol have been flying under the radar, especially considering the focus on other teams such as Alaves and Sevilla this season.
The praise has been pilling up for Deportivo Alaves who for a short period sat top of the table following a 0-1 away victory over Celta Vigo.
As a result, the exploits of Espanyol have been overlooked.
The campaign so far
It’s surprising, considering Espanyol are currently in second place in the table, only a point behind leaders Barcelona.
Los Periquitos next challenge is against newly promoted Real Valladolid on Friday. A win there would see them become the new La Liga leaders, at least until El Clasico on Sunday.
The club is being rewarded for a solid summer transfer window which saw three fresh faces walk through the door. Only £16.20 million was spent bringing in Borja Iglesias, Sergi Darder and Roberto Rosales, using money generated from the sale of Gerard Moreno to Villarreal.
So far this season Espanyol have secured victories over Villarreal, Eibar, Levante, and Valencia. They have lost only twice and conceded just seven goals – the third best defensive record in the league.
Last season, first under Quique Sánchez Flores before his dismissal in April 2018, and then under David Gallego, Espanyol finished in a comfortable 11th place.
But, this season the club has fresh impetus. If they can continue getting results just like they have in the opening weeks of the season, there’s no reason why the three-time Copa del Rey winners, can’t compete with Barcelona throughout the entire campaign.