FC Barcelona vs. Espanyol : Match preview
FC Barcelona will be hoping to make a come back from a somewhat frustrating weekend result tomorrow, once they welcome city rivals RCD Espanyol to the Camp Nou for the first-leg of their Copa del Rey round of sixteen tie. Los Periquitos held the Blaugrana to a scoreless draw at the Estadi Cornella-El prat on Saturday, however Barça head coach Luis Enrique is optimistic that his aspect can improve tomorrow, particularly with a couple of high-profile acquisitions set to make their Barcelona debuts in this FC Barcelona vs. Espanyol clash.
After an open coaching session on Mon, excitement is at a fever pitch for this derby clash and so for Turan and Vidal’s debuts; the club are quietly assured of an oversized crowd being lured in by the low costs, and will be attending to keep all of them entertained with a powerful performance and a success to match, to be proven at this FC Barcelona vs. Espanyol match.
Indeed, in many ways it’s an obstacle that the Blaugrana are forced to play the first-leg at home tomorrow; generally, our club thrives once they have an opportunity to rock the boat and score an away goal or 2 within the opening clash – or with a match at the Camp Nou left to save their blushes after any shock loss.
But really, can we complain? All things being equal, we must always be way superior to Espanyol over subsequent 180 minutes of football – in any case, we’ve got designs on not just progressing during this tournament, but holding the very trophy we lifted less than eight short months ago.
Luis Enrique and Constantin Galca have a minimum of one factor in common, both are currently coaches at clubs where they featured as players. In fact, the 2 came up against one another on the sector in no less than ten Catalan derbies with the Barça boss winning on six occasions and drawing four. in the Copa del Rey the two Barcelona clubs have stumble upon one another on seventeen occasions, even meeting in the final approach back in 1957, Barça taking off on prime that day 1-0. The blaugranes have made it through to successive round within the last eight ties, the most recent a 3-2 aggregate win in the quarter-finals in 2008/09.