Two saving interventions by Diego López in the 92nd minute rescued a point for Espanyol against Alavés in a flat game in which the Catalan cadre forgot to attack. Those of David Gallego, who seem to reserve all their offensive production for the Europa League games, went back to zero in the second league match and almost paid their nullity in the last third of the field. Only a providential Diego López avoided a new defeat.
David Gallego may be criticized for other things, but he does not lack personality when designing the alignments. After the fiasco against Sevilla at the premiere in the domestic competition, the coach of Súria changed the drawing, He entered Corchia in the eleven (with hardly any training minutes) and Calero and sat on the bench Wu Lei and Ferreyra to compose a completely new front with Melendo, Vargas and Campuzano.
And it would be said that the first ones surprised by the identity of the members of the attack line were their own companions, who 40 minutes passed without finding them. Faced with a very folded Alavés, ordered from a solid ‘trivote’ defense, Espanyol took very little time to take control of the ball, but its remarkable possession statistics only translated into a lot of passes in irrelevant areas, with very little offensive production.
A Alavés to see them coming
Nor was the proposal of the ‘babarrozo’ team much more colorful, since He just waited for the mistake in one of the many deliveries of the visiting team to steal inside and launch deep passes, with Lucas Pérez as the preferred recipient. He was about to achieve his goal in the 25th minute, when a bad pass by Marc Roca ended up propitiating the clearest chance of the first half, in a shot by Aleix Vidal that ended up outside the net.
Of first parts like the one carried out by Espanyol, as dominant as it is innocuous, it is often said that they are a way of maturing the match to knock out the opponent after the break. Well, it was not the case. The Alavés came out in the resumption with an added bonus of ambition. Nor much, but at least put another striker on the field (Joselu), advanced the lines and forced the Gallego to start rowing in defense, a task in which he highlighted the acclimatization of the very promising Calero.
With the game more open, he arrived the first (and only in the end) visitor shot between the three sticks, work of Corchia in the 61st minute, but the best chances were again for the Vitorians. Seeing as the control of the match was going through the sink, David Gallego brought Wu Lei through the missing Melendo, which injected some dynamism into the parakeet attack and contained the rise of the local game.
And when they seemed to take a draw for nothing and Navarre Prieto Iglesias was ready to whistle the end to the relief of the respectable bored came the two clear, almost consecutive occasions of Borja Sainz and Rubén Duarte, both broken by a Diego Superlative Lopez Espanyol owes him his first point.
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