The second stick, the bottomless pit of Espanyol

first_imgUp to seven times, the opponents scored on the second post, one of the team’s weaknesses, especially on the defensive left side. Antonio Puertas and Azeez with Granada, Óscar Plano with Valladolid, Mata del Getafe, Rubén García de Osasuna, Marc Bartra del Betis and Arturo Vidal last Saturday with Barcelona. The meeting against Valencia, which marked a negative turning point with Pablo Machín on the bench, was resolved by a penalty by Víctor Gómez trying to defend the second suit.If the second suit has been lethal, no less impressive has been the lack of attention when defending the first suit. Luis Suarez scored on Saturday, as did Karim Benzema at the Bernabéu, Borja Iglesias with Betis, Santi Mina in Vigo, Ramis with Eibar or Budimir with Mallorca. This data stands out especially in the time of Machín, in which Espanyol played with three central and average an average of 20 goals received in 10 games, by 14 by David Gallego in eight games.On the other hand, and despite trying to attack from the sides, only Espanyol has managed to score somewhat center in play, which was the one that Jonathan Calleri scored against Osasuna. The rest came from penalty kicks, in stationary shots, fast transitions or individual plays, an aspect that reduces the performance of the team. With 36 goals against, Espanyol dismisses the first round as the team with the weakest defensive system of the 20 LaLiga and its recent history: in the 2015-16 campaign, the worst in terms of goals received refers to a total of 74, at this point 30 had been fitted; and in 2003-04 they took 33. A deficit that is summarized in examples especially in Cornellà-El Prat, where Real Sociedad (1-3), Granada (0-3) or Osasuna (2-4) managed to undress the Espanyol in hilarious matches from the defensive point of view.It is striking that of those 36 goals, 35 have been from within the area, a very high percentage. The only goal received from beyond 16 meters was made by Mikel Vesga in San Mamés. The rest, counterattacks finished a few meters from the goal, penalties or shots after centers from the sides. It is in this facet of the game that Espanyol has been more fragile than other teams, unable to defend the lateral centers well.last_img read more


first_imgTimothy puts the final touches to his design.A Donegal fashion student has shown he has the cloth to cut it in the fashion business.Timothy Mullin from Killybegs, who studies at the Centre for Creative Arts and Media GMIT, has made it through to the semi final of the student designer section of the Vodafone DIT Fashion Show 2014 which is taking place at Smock Alley Dublin on Tuesday 25th March.Timothy is pictured here with DIT student model Caolshionn McCarthy from Wicklow. Timothy’s concept for his design is “Efflorescent Utopia” which he developed under the overall fashion show theme of “Enchanted Forest, Hidden Nature”.He said “I combined my love for illustration with the art of embroidery to create a Utopian concept”.Timothy is one of the 16 shortlisted student designers for the semi-final, and may go on to the Vodafone DIT Fashion Show 2014 in Vicar Street Dublin on Thursday 3rd of April.The competition is intense for this annual fashion show, now in its 11th year, and the overall winner of the student design competition will receive a cash prize of €2,500, while the 50 student models involved go head to head to win a prestigious modeling contract with top agency First Option. The judging panel consists of Ireland’s top stylist Maria Fusco, broadcaster Brendan Courtney, fashion editor at the Weekend Magazine Bairbre Power, former DIT student and creator of the event Lou Conlon and designer/previous winner of the Vodafone student designer competition Umit Kutluk.Tickets for the show, which repeatedly gets a full house of 1,000 people, cost €20 (€15 for students) and are available from The chosen charity for the show this year is the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation. DONEGAL STUDENT DESIGNER ANSWERS VODAFONE CALL was last modified: March 15th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalFashionKillybegsTimothy Mullinlast_img read more