Espanyol secured a 3-2 aggregate win other Sampdoria to set up a Semifinal against Leicester in the main youth cup to continue their maiden season in the competition under current Manager Mullan. Its been a long journey to get into a position to enter, but to now be 1 of 4 teams left in the competition from a full GW of 100 managers is a satisfying seasons work from the Spanish side. With next seasons production line of young talent well under-way, whilst the first team in challenging for Promotion (currently sat 4th), Espanyol are in a strong position for the short, medium and long term.
“Its been enjoyable rebuilding this side, putting in place a team which had natural progression in all areas. We are coming to the end of the journey in terms of rebuilding, and can sit back somewhat over the next fews seasons and let the updates work their magic, whilst remaining competitive on all fronts. 95% of our end of season business is already agreed which will see a natural downturn in business we actually do. The squad has that balance now of experience, progression and youth, with some significant assets which we get daily enquiries for. Many of this seasons youth team are eligible for next seasons competition whilst those that are not, have already got their successor within our roster.
Leicester will be a very tough opponent in the semi-final, like us their first team is pushing hard in the league, whilst their youth team has plenty of depth. As we alluded to when we got to the last 16, anything more was a bonus and certainly ahead of our own expectations for this seasons competition. Over two legs anything can happen, and with Barcelona and Levante also in the last four we are rank outsiders to progress any further.