Capdevila still looking to Europe

Joan Capdevila has conceded that defeat to Granada was ‘a step back’ for Espanyol, but that they are still hoping of Europa League qualification.

The Catalans fell to a surprise 1-0 reverse at Cornella-El Prat to the relegation strugglers, much to their full-back’s frustration.

“The defeat was rubbish. We did everything possible to win, but it was not our day,” commented Capdevila.

“We worked well and the attitude and desire were both very good, although this has been a step back.

“We will keep fighting. I do not know what the fans think, but we do want to try and reach Europe.

“We are in a slump after four games without a win in our own stadium. But then there is still only the one defeat under the new Coach there.

“Everybody is on board and so the defeat is not as dramatic.

“Sevilla next weekend? I do not know if it is our last chance for Europe, although most of the chances will rest on this game, it’s a grand final.”

The full-back was asked of Los Pericos expected minimal transfer activity in the summer.

“Yes, we can still build an ambitious project at zero cost. It is something that is true of Espanyol and 18 teams in the League.

“Players come with ambition and the key is to improve with the additions made.”

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