Sergio calls for Espanyol patience

Sergio Gonzalez has called for patience from Espanyol fans as the Coach finds himself under pressure ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Malaga.

The former Spain midfielder’s position in charge of Los Periquitos has been cast into doubt after a run of three games without a win, but he believes the visit of the Andalucians offers a welcome opportunity to “engage” with disenchanted supporters.

“I’d like the fans to come to cheer us on and not make a value judgment before the end of the match,” he said at a Press conference.

“Hopefully our fans cut us some slack for 90 minutes, are patient and give their verdict at the final whistle. It’s a good opportunity to engage with the fans.

“Malaga have played better football than their point tally suggests. Against [Real] Betis and Sporting [Gijon] they didn’t deserve to lose.

“However, our idea is to start the match quickly. The team want to go all out for the win.

“Our performance at San Mames is the way to go [despite the 2-1 defeat].

“The international break was a shame because the team were eager to show a repeat performance. When we compete, it’s easier for us to show quality.

“When [Marco Asensio] has the ball, the team notice it. It’s not a handicap that he hasn’t scored yet, and we won’t put any pressure on him.

“If he enjoys himself, so do the team. It’s true that in recent games he’s been close to scoring.

“The main thing is to win [on Saturday], but it’s true that we haven’t been great at home.

“We’re aware of this and it’s important to create a good feeling with the crowd.”

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