Mauricio Pochettino is enthusiastic that his struggling Espanyol team will win their first game of the season tomorrow, at home to unbeaten Atletico Madrid.
Los Periquitos’ poor start to the campaign has them in joint bottom place in the table with just a single point to their name.
However, their Coach is taking a positive stance this weekend, despite welcoming Diego Simeone’s second-place Atleti into town.
“For me, tomorrow is the day to get the first win, and so I believe in it,” Pochettino enthused to reporters.
“For results, dynamic and confidence, we face the best opponent so far in the League. We know of their great potential and they come here with a very positive set-up. But we are ready and intend to get the win.
“We have done well [this season], although not in the best way possible. We have failed to maintain our advantage on the scoreboard, to compete for a full 90 minutes and to have the psychological continuity when after a result.”
Espanyol squad to play Atletico Madrid: Cristian Alvarez, Raul Rodriguez, Victor Sanchez, Tejera, Forlin, Stuani, Verdu, Rui Fonte, Longo, Kiko Casilla, Galán, Héctor Moreno, Javi Lopez, Capdevila, Colotto, Simao, Cristian Gomez, Victor Alvarez