Espanyol captain Javi Lopez believes there was an anti-Espanyol campaign in the Press following their draw with Barcelona in La Liga.
The Catalan clubs played out a 0-0 on Saturday and then met in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, Espanyol taking the lead, having two players sent off and losing 4-1, Lopez alleging media complaints about their approach in the League the cause.
“I prefer the word ‘intense’ to define the team. In the first half with 11, Barca couldn’t get the ball. Then when Felipe Caicedo was down, they didn’t kick it out,” Lopez complained, AS reports.
“We proud of the team, we’re very intense. It was a lack of respect to call us ‘violent.’ We’re very saddened by how the media has treated us all week.
“At no time in the League game did we act violently. You should watch the game again. We’re a real team. Let’s clean up things that happen in the game, but not go beyond sport.
“The media campaign we have suffered after the League game has taken effect. Barca had to bring out all their stars to play. That says a lot about us. We’ll see what happens at Cornella-El Prat.”