Sports 27 years later: Will Quique Setién send Espanyol to League 2 again?
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The youngster has been tipped to do great things for years but only now is he on the verge of becoming a regular in the Blaugrana's first-team squadHe was born in Terrassa, like Xavi Hernandez. He joined Barcelona from Jabac, like Sergio Busquets. And he glides about the pitch, like Andres Iniesta.
If no wonder happens, the second club in the Mediterranean metropolis of Barcelona, the RCD Espanyol, will have to take the bitter leap into the second division for the fifth time in its history. The big local rival of all people can send pericos one floor down this evening (10:00 p.m.).
Almost exactly to the day 27 years ago, more precisely on June 29, 1993, the club, which was always overshadowed by the overpowering Barça, faced a comparable adverse situation. In the then held relegation between the first and second league, Espanyol had to make up 0: 1 deficit from the first leg (at home Estadio Sarrià) at Racing Santander. But in the second leg at the Estadio Sardinero to Santander, the white and blue again failed to score. Thus, the goalless draw means fourth gear to the Spanish lower house. Three years after the last descent.
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The former Real Betis coach is simply focused on getting his side back to winning ways as questions over his future lingerSince returning from the coronavirus suspension, which lasted three months, the Catalans have struggled to hit their stride in the league.
Setién as an eyewitness in 1993
Curious parallels: then as now,could be one of the first bearers of the corresponding expressions of condolence. In 1993, the current coach of was a player of Racing, the club of his native Santander - and thus a direct witness to the fourth (and to date) last descent of the parakeets (pericos or periquitos), as the Espanyol players are popularly known become.
The statistics could serve as a small consolation for their fan base: So far, Espanyol has managed to rise again the following year after each relegation. All good things may be five in this case. Even a sensational success that is not too likely in today's city derby would only delay the descent. Espanyol are currently four games to play, eleven points behind the table seventeenth Eibar (three teams relegate in Spain).
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