Juan Forlin has released the cliché that ‘every game from now on will be a final’ for Espanyol, before looking towards the first of 2013, against Barcelona.
Los Pericos spent the Christmas break in the relegation zone as a consequence of a difficult opening four months of the season at Cornella-El Prat.
Whilst it has ensured that the club must start to pick up points in almost every game, the brief upturn in form towards the end of the year has Forlin hopeful of a brighter second half to the campaign.
“Every game from now on will be a final and we will leave everything we have on the field after every training session and after every game, as we have shown we are doing in our most recent games played,” declared the midfielder to reporters today.
“We end a tough year. We have tried to overcome the difficulties of recent months and we expect 2013 to be better. Now we are back on the right track and we should not deviate.”
The team begin 2013 with a local derby against the League’s undefeated leaders Barcelona at Camp Nou.
“It’s always a special day because the fans make it feel that way. They are a tough opponent, the best in the world.
“We will go there with the intention of playing a good game, using all our weapons and seeing if we can score. Winning would be the best present.”
The Argentine was asked for a soundbite on compatriot Lionel Messi.
“What else can I can that you do not already know? He is the best player in the world, a great player. It is not just him, though, that we will face on January 6, as above all we will face a very good team in the Camp Nou.”