Malaga 0-1 Espanyol: Latest loss puts Míchel on the brink

Malaga 0-1 Espanyol: Latest loss puts Míchel on the brink

January 9, 2018 Off By Daryl Finch

Malaga head coach Míchel is a man on the brink after his side’s latest defeat on Monday night to Espanyol.

Fans turned on the former Getafe manager and owner Sheikh Al-Thani after another lifeless defeat left the side joint bottom of La Liga.

The winter break had bought the under fire boss some time but his side were just as limp as they were before Christmas as Espanyol picked up their first win on the road, courtesy of Malaga old boy Sergi Darder. It was his early goal on his return to La Rosaleda, in the sixth minute, which delivered the knock-out blow; he followed up play and latched on perfectly to Sergio García’s knock-down to slot past Roberto.

With the onus strongly on the home side in this relegation six-pointer, Malaga enjoyed possession but far from dangerous areas, without ever looking like scoring. Keko twice set up chances in the penalty area with a cut-back from the byline but neither Chory Castro nor Adalberto Peñaranda could overtly trouble the keeper.

Inevitably Míchel looked to his bench to affect change but despite throwing on Borja Bastón, Javi Ontiveros and later Juanpi, only a weak header from Youssef En-Nesyri with almost half an hour still on the clock came remotely near to finding the equaliser.

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With the club sliding towards Segunda, a vast majority of fans inside La Rosaleda called for Míchel’s dismissal with chants of “¡vete ya!” (go now!).

Now bottom of the table, five points from safety, the brief optimism generated by the break has quickly disappeared and fans now expect drastic change.