Espanyol back in the big time as they show Levante the art of building on both fronts

The Celebrations will go on long into the night as Espanyol beat Bayer Leverkeusen 4-2 on penalties after the teams drew 1-1.

Ronaldo got the equaliser in normal time, before Otavio stepped up and smashed home the winning penalty to send Espanyol back to division 1 at the first time of asking.

With the team also reaching the youth cup final this season, it tops off a remarkable journey for the side who were ranked 13th best in the division before a ball was kicked.

At the halfway stage of the season the club was 17th, however the second half of the season saw the team storm up the table to finish 4th and grab a place in the play offs.

“We had not planned on promotion, we’ve let big stars go in the last week, but showed our fight to the end. Our build has always been a about long term success and the foundations are clearly there. We are under no illusions , next season is going to be a slog, but we believe in what we are doing and are looking forwards to seeing this team grow. We look at those idiots down the road Levante who have suffered back to back relegations with all their eggs in the youth team basket. We will start next season 2 divisions higher, but with the comfort we also made the youth cup final and showed why he will continue to be a shit manager, and why their supporters continue to leave in their 1000’s due to the pain and embrassment he has bestowed on that club. We have a free season next season and will likely come back down as we are ahead of schedule. However this team is looking tasty in the youth department. We’ve some of the best young players in the world, and at some point we are going to be a team fighting at the higher reaches of division 1”

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