The defence of Espanyol has gone from being a questionable back line to a solid formation, however, their biggest test awaits at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu where the Periquitos haven’t managed a clean sheet since 1978/79.
Quique Sanchez Flores has been impressed by the performances of Victor Sanchez, Mario Hermoso, David Lopez and Aaron, hence why the four are the first names on his team sheet.
The coach has got results with the combination of youth and veterans at the back and
Espanyol arrive at Real Madrid in a great moment of form; just two goals conceded in the three most recent clashes.
“We are prepared,” Lopez remarked on the eve of the fixture.
“Last year we had were more injuries but in this last week, we have done well and are ready.”
The statistics are devastating.
For 39 years Espanyol has been unable to stop Real scoring at the Bernabeu.
On Sunday, the Catalans will once again face Cristiano Ronaldo, the great white menace.
“He does not scare me, but we have to take into account that he’s hungry,” Lopez continued.
“Even if the game goes five to zero, Ronaldo will want six or seven and is always moving to give himself more chances to score.”