Barça can give the final blow to the derby who is on his way to being the worst Espanyol in history. Only a victory, always combined with a stumble from Celta or Eibar or a defeat by Alavés, would allow him to postpone what is already almost a final sentence. The Blue and Whites, in addition, have not managed to win at the Camp Nou since February 21, 2009 . It's more. Since then, they have not even managed to start a tie on Barca terrain.

With four games to go before the end of the League, Espanyol have only won five games and tied nine . His worst record of triumphs dates back to the decline of the 1988-89 season, when he had just seven. The 16 ties drawn, however, made him fourth by the tail. A position that would now save him, but that then condemned him to a promotion against Mallorca that would end with 1-0 in Sarrià, 2-0 in Lluís Sitjar and the Blue and Whites in Second.

Never, in any of his previous four declines, Espanyol dropped last. A position that this course has occupied in 19 of the 34 days that have been played so far. And only in one of them was he able to see himself out of the positions that signify the loss of category.

Four coaches and five wins

Things had a very different ending last season. The team then led by Rubi managed to get into the Europa League at the last minute. Two of the architects of that milestone, the coach himself and Borja Iglesias, despite everything, would pack their bags that summer to join Betis. Finding a replacement was an impossible mission. Four coaches have paraded on the blue and white bench: David Gallego, Pablo Machín, Abelardo and Rufete, who is also the sports director . And, the two players initially signed to relieve the point, Facundo Ferreyra and Jonathan Calleri, have only scored one goal each in the League.

The arrival of Raúl de Tomás, the most expensive signing in the history of Espanyol, with a fixed cost of 20 million euros , seemed to revitalize the team's options with a great scoring start. However, the player now has four goals in 11 games played. It was the highest investment of a club that threw the house out of the window in the winter market to also bring Embarba, Cabrera and Oier Oiazábal , with which its winter spending shot up to 40 million. In summer, in addition, he had already signed the one who was momentarily the most expensive player in his history: Matías Vargas, for whom he paid 10.5 million for 80% of his rights to Vélez and who, after a promising start, became spectrum.

The convulsions experienced on the lawn, in addition, have also had their corresponding reflection in the offices that the president and owner, the toy businessman Chen Yansheng, controls from China . So far this season, Espanyol has fired a CEO, Roger Guasch, later replaced by José María Durán, its commercial and marketing director, Agustín Filomeno, and its sports director, Óscar Perarnau. A series of measures that, in the end, do not seem to be able to prevent the fifth decline in the history of the club.

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