‘Worst 30 mins under Aguirre’

Espanyol goalkeeper Kiko Casilla conceded that the team played their worst 30 minutes yet under Javier Aguirre this weekend at Sevilla.

The Catalans fell to a 3-0 defeat on Sunday evening thanks to a first-half blitz that saw all the scoring done in the first 23 minutes of play.

“It was our worst 30 minutes under Aguirre, we never found our place on the field, we were very uncomfortable,” commented Casilla today.

“We were not the Espanyol that we have been away from home recently, yesterday we went nowhere. It was not our best half an hour, we had occasional mistakes and we lost the game.”

Aguirre accused the team on Sunday evening of messing up because of being overly focused on the prospect of European qualification.

“We are the first that want to achieve and to win every time, but we have lost two games in a row that were vital towards this goal.

“Now we have fallen behind, but we cannot stop fighting as there are still four rounds of the season to go.

“Next match [against Real Madrid], we want to wipe the image clean and play a good game at home.

“Even if we are safe from relegation, no-one wants to end the season badly, for ourselves and for the club we want to get as high as possible in the standings.”

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