Espanyol vs Athletic Bilbao

David Lopez believes that Espanyol are capable of dealing with upcoming fixture congestion and that they ‘do not just counter-attack’ as a team.

Los Pericos head into a run of three games in the next week starting with Week 5’s Monday night fixture at home to Athletic Bilbao.

Unbeaten in the League so far with two wins and two draws, one of the team’s midfielders does not see form necessarily dropping in the coming days.

“I do not believe that next week will affect us,” David Lopez told reporters after training today.

“We have seen the level of the team in the four games that we have played so far. We have to remain strong as a group, as usual.

“Our form so far? We know that the bad times will come, but we will try to add to the nine points next week.”

Whilst Javier Aguirre’s men have started the season in much stronger form than last term, discussion is on their playing style.

“We are not closed to one style of playing. We are not just playing on the counter-attack, and less so when at home.

“But it is true that Athletic are a team that like to push forward and counter-attacking is one of our greatest strengths.”

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