Mauricio Pochettino has admitted to seeing a ‘weariness’ to Espanyol’s fans at their predicament, which again he suggests is explained by the transfer market.
The Catalans are without a point from their opening three games of the season and a group of angry fans confronted Pochettino and the players earlier this week at training. It is a move that the Coach says he understands.
“More than a disappointment I feel a certain weariness in the fans,” he told reporters today.
“At the moment there is nothing that can generate a positive feeling. There is a critical current that is sometimes good, but I believe that everyone looks at this pessimistically.
“When the fans came to see us they conveyed the feeling of the people. We are obliged to understand. They said that they will be with us and we want their support because they are everything good about Espanyol.”
Pochettino again suggested that not having a complete squad to work with during pre-season – because of ‘unresolved situations’ – has really affected things.
“Every Coach wants to determine the squad before the League starts, but we have only done so several days afterwards and this brought with it difficulties.
“The circumstances are as they are and the economic situation affects this. We cannot influence this.
“Do you see alarmism? Last year we experienced a similar situation, but the results were different. Good results can cover a lot. Now there is nothing to generate a positive mood, from any structure at the club.”
However, it is all doom and gloom for the tactician.
“I liked the group’s awareness in their friendly yesterday. We must show strength and capture the fans’ again.”