Quique Sanchez Flores says Espanyol are pumped up for the “fiery atmosphere” that awaits his side at Alaves in La Liga on Sunday.
Espanyol have failed to score in four of their last six games, making them one of the League’s least-prolific teams, and Sanchez Flores confessed the Catalans needed to “wake up from our goal slumber” at Mendizorrotza.
“We hope to wake up from our goal slumber, there’s been a lack of depth,” the Coach said at a Press conference.
“There will be a fiery atmosphere, it’s a challenge for us but it should motivate us.
“Alaves will come out strongly, so we must be stuck in until the final whistle.
“They’re an uncomfortable and difficult team to face, but we’ve taken note and everyone has worked to become competitive.
“Alaves also have stability and consistency. If you let them run at you, they’re a complex team.
“We must be aware that they’re dangerous opponents and have scored goals by counterattacking.
Sanchez Flores also touched on the return of captain Javi Lopez and his decision to bring in teenage midfielder Oscar Melendo.
“Lopez? I see a calmer player. He’ll play better with this serenity. He’s our captain and always contributes,” he added.
“Melendo? He is very technical and and can keep the ball. He can play in the middle or out wide.
“He’s a very interesting player, very focused and deserves his chance with us.”