At a waterlogged, rain-swept RCDE Stadium on Sunday they looked like suffering the same fate again but dug deep in the mud to muster a late equaliser, headed home by a gleeful Gerard Pique to level the scores at 1-1.
Early reports said Pique could be sidelined for a month and miss the Champions League trip to Chelsea on February 20, but he now looks set to miss the Valencia Cup game on Thursday and the league clash with Getafe on Sunday. I was telling them, in general, to be quiet, but maybe I shouldn't have.
Football fans are convinced the Argentinian forward proved his ability to "do it on a cold, wet, rainy night in Stoke" after his display at Espanyol - especially after seeing the very first thing he did. David Lopez should continue in central midfield, with Oscar Duarte and Mario Hermoso featuring at centre-back.
When asked by reporters why he insisted on making reference to Espanyol de Cornella, he responded."Yes, of course, Espanyol de Cornella, they're from Cornella right?" I know it hurt them and I used sarcasm to annoy them but saying they play in Cornella is not disrespectful, it's a fact.
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"Some of the fans here have been directing insults at me and my family for a long while".
Eibar kicked off the day with a 5-1 thrashing of Sevilla in a game they led from the moment Kike Garcia opened the scoring in the 40th second. "It's a derby game and it is what it is".
Granero won the ball in midfield before finding Garcia in space down the right, and after Lucas Digne failed to close him down, the veteran winger swung in the flawless cross beyond Pique for Moreno to stoop and head beneath Ter Stegen. But with a little more luck, they could be averaging more than three goals a game. "Before the gesture it was a model game. Everybody must take responsibility for their actions".
Messi was introduced shortly before Espanyol's opener, but his absence from the first hour of the match ultimately proved costly as Barcelona saw their lead at the top of the Primera Liga reduced to nine points following Atletico Madrid's 1-0 win over third-placed Valencia.