Aguirre values Espanyol start

Javier Aguirre admitted the importance of Espanyol’s strong start to the season, taking delight in Monday’s win over Athletic Bilbao.

Los Pericos ran out 3-2 winners in Week 5’s closing fixture at Cornella-El Prat, thanks to a double from Victor Sanchez followed up with Sergio Garcia’s match-defining effort.

“I am happy because the team has left everything on the field,” Aguirre commented afterwards.

“And the fans have made an effort for a difficult kick-off time and now they have gone home happy.

“We knew that it would be a very difficult game and at times the opponent was better than us, moving us back and forth.”

Espanyol have moved above Athletic in the table as a result of the win and sit in fifth place, unbeaten.

“The start was key, players do not want a repeat of last year because the experience is still very fresh. We are like the ant, collecting points now for when the famine comes.

“Long-term goals? We have to think about the next game. It’s a cliché, but it’s what we do. Last season we were fine until we started talking about Europe and everything went wrong.”

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