Quique Sanchez Flores admits Espanyol are still “very far away from playing as we want” ahead of Saturday’s match against Leganes in La Liga.
Espanyol have lost just three games this season and not conceded a goal in five of their last six League games as they sit in 12th place, yet they have only won the same number, prompting Sanchez Flores to demand more from his players.
“It would be a huge risk to underestimate Leganes because they will make everything very difficult for us. They’ve done big things against very tough opponent,” the Coach said at a Press conference.
“They’re competing very well and adapted to the division. They know how to impose their game and will oblige us to play better.
“We have a lot of desire, but our objective must be to become a competitive team again.
“We want to be a team who connect with the stands and sustain the things that we like. That will lead us to achieving the results we want.
“We’re very far away from playing as we want. For Espanyol, I’m thinking something big, a team that play well, connect well when attacking with ball and in space.
“It’ll be very difficult for us to have a complete game for the entire 90 minutes.
“We’ve had a normal start to the season, we’ve given some sincere performances, but ones that haven’t been especially easy on the eye.
“The team have more joy than sadness, more looseness than pressure but more emotion than intensity.”
Diego Reyes suggested before the Press conference that Espanyol were aiming for Europe, so what did Sanchez Flores have to say about the defender’s lofty ambitions?
“They’re young and they love to dream, they should think that way and be ambitious, but we have to be very consistent and know where we come from,” he replied.
“It’s not a good idea to change objectives midway through the season.
“I’m predicting this season to be an emotional rollercoaster. One day we’ll see ourselves in Europe and the next we’ll think that everything is as it was before.
“We must be ready and play towards our idea, which is to be solid.”