• The Espanyol coach has returned the illusion to the parakeets, who dream of a victory at the Camp Nou, something that has not happened since 2009 with a double by Iván de la Peña (1-2) when the team was last. “We will have to touch excellence to win,” he assures.

The years go by and the memory begins to be distant. The Spanish he won for the last time at the Camp Nou on February 21, 2009 in a completely negative context. Parakeets, with Mauricio Pochettino on the bench, they were the bottoms and had 27 years without expiring in the Barça fiefdom. The Guardiola’s Barça, on the other hand, it was leading with 10 points of advantage over the Madrid and accumulated 22 games without losing. A doublet of Ivan de la Peña worked the miracle (1-2) with Xavi Hernandez in the eleven culé, among other stars.

Now the situation is much more balanced, with the two teams equaled 17 points. Parakeets have returned to Primera with renewed illusions after their crossing in Second. The coach has a lot to do with that state of mind. With Vicente Moreno, the Catalan team has recovered its identity, with a perfect mix of young and old who completely believe in the philosophy of their coach, who bases his success on something as simple as the common sense.

Empathize with the players

In addition to the notebook and the improvement of automatisms and tactical issues, Moreno focuses many of his efforts on the mental preparation of his footballers. «The head is the key to stability. It is a matter of going straight ahead, of empathize a lot with your players, let them see that you feel like them », he reflects. This is how he has earned the trust of all his men, starting with figures as key as they are unstable. It is the case of Darder, true brain of the team, and the top scorer Raúl de Tomás, who has just debuted with the national team.

Espanyol was already able to defeat Madrid and now visit a Barça premiere with Xavi. “We can foresee what we will find, but then we have to see it in the field. Our only concern is to do things right. We are accustomed to overcome difficulties, suffer and survive», Said this Friday the technician.

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The first away from home?

In Vicente’s work there is also a pending subject, at least in this course. Espanyol has yet to win away. The Camp Nou would be the best scenario to break that statistic. «We got to the game well. The moment is not chosen. Winning in that field is always difficult. We will have to brush up on excellence to beat there. This season only the Real Madrid and justito ».

In a club accustomed to agitation, a thoughtful coach like Vicente Moreno was needed, who has also perfectly understood the Perica philosophy. “It is something very special to be from Espanyol in a city like Barcelona. It goes beyond following a soccer team. You love the club very much and you feel it more. This entity is like a family», The Valencian reflected.

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Moreno will be measured this Saturday for the seventh time with Barça (four against the first team and two against the subsidiary). In the previous six he was defeated: the first two as Xerez player (faced Xavi on the pitch) and later as coach of the Cadiz team and Mallorca. Will history change?


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