Espanyol pulled off another shock result as they beat Real Madrid at the Bernabau. Espanyol who came into the game bang in form raced into a 3 nil lead with Suarez getting his first goal for the club, Herrera his first goal since his return and Niguez also finding the net. Suarez also had a goal chalked off for offside, as the away side dominated. Real did get a couple of goals back in the last 15 minutes which coincided with Espanyol taking key players off. It set up a nervy finish, but Espanyol held on to take their unbeaten run to 8 games and with it, move up to 10th.
“We were really on it for the first 75 minutes, creating chances which thankfully we put away. Sadly for us Wijnaldrum has picked up an injury and will miss the next few games. With Bardhi also injured and Firmino still suspended, this puts a strain on the team and limits our options. We play Hertha Berlin next followed by Barcelona, so these injuries couldn’t have come at a worse time for us. We’ve moved 11 points clear of the drop, which gives us some much needed breathing space. Our focus now is trying to finish as high as we can. With a full team, we can cause anyone problems which our results so far this season have shown. We are still waiting to be able to put a full strength side out, since our new arrivals came, so it will be interesting to see how that plays out. We wont make changes for the sake of it, and those playing well will keep the shirts. Its upto the likes of Firmino, Bardhi etc to try and dislodge those doing ever so well. Suarez has started well with two solid games in Firmino’s absence, and will continue to lead the line whilst in form”