Javier Aguirre says that Espanyol will be treating the weekend visit of Sevilla as a final, with the game set to show ‘which side has the more mental strength’.
The Mexican will lead Los Pericos out for his first game in front of the home fans since taking over as Coach and is building it up as a must-win for the team, currently bottom of the League and three points adrift of safety.
“The players will treat it as a final. We must be strong at home because surviving relegation will come at Cornella-El Prat,” Aguirre told reporters today.
“What we have to do is show that we can play well, so as to convey joy and effort towards the fans. We have the ambition to improve and you will see this develop further if we can get the three points.
“It is an important game for both teams, too, because Sevilla also have needs like us. The pressure in the match will be equal and we will have to see which side has the more mental strength, the better balance and that makes the fewest mistakes.”
Early reports from Aguirre’s first few days in charge indicated that he was keen to bring in five or six players in the winter transfer window.
“I have been here just a week and I have not yet thought about sales and purchases. We will wait, for now we work with what we have.
“Everything else is just speculation, rumours and talk.”
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