6 wins , 3 draws, 9 unbeaten what a difference a month makes in top100?
Espanyol recorded their biggest win of the season with an impressive 4-0 home win against a good Hertha Berlin side.
Before the game the Espanyol manager spoke about players unavailable but also the impact Vlasic had made since his arrival from Porto. It took just 15 minutes of this fixture for Vlasic to hit the headlines again with a sublime finish in the top scorer after being tee’d up by fellow new arrival Luis Suarez. Niguez went close to making it 2-0 , before another new recruit Ilicic found Weigl who smashed home to extend the home sides lead. It was bittersweet for the manager who had moved Weigl back into midfield from defence to fill in for the absent Wijnaldrum. Hertha had a few half chances to get back in the game before a penalty was awarded on the hour mark, and Suarez made no mistake from the spot to put Espanyol 3-0 up and put the game to bed. In the 65th minute the impressive Vlasic found Suarez who expertly finished to send the home crowd wild and with it conplete the scoring at 4-0.
“every game is tough, even more so when you have players out, however today everything just clicked. It was a painful wait, waiting for Suarez to be available following his transfer to the club. He arrived needing to serve a 3 match ban, but since serving that he has 3 goals in 3 games and a couple of assist. His contribution has made a massive difference. The quality delivery from wide areas that Ilicic and Vlasic have brought too, has us in a really good place at present. The only negative from the game was Alonso getting a booking which means he is now added to the list of players unavailable. We have Barcelona the champions next who are in excellent form. A derby game, and one you’d like to be at full strength for, however its not going to be the case. However we go there under no pressure, in great form and looking to keep our own run of good form going. A month ago we were sat down in 18th place, we were struggling to score goals and in real danger of being embroiled in a relegation scrap. That win against Hertha has now allowed us to open up a 14 gap on 18th whilst putting us in contention for a place in Europe. There is 14 games to go, 42 points to play for and we will be going all guns now to try and secure as many points possible to see if we can exceed this seasons expectations of 14th”