“If in the final parts you get promotions, playoffs or titles is because we arrived well. And it will not be an exception“, manifested Vincent Moreno three weeks ago, when he was questioned about the peaks of Espanyol’s form, and more specifically his ‘modus operandi’ since he became a coach. “I think we are very well physically. That does not guarantee you win or lose, but I see people well and wanting to make a good end of the season, “he reasoned. And he sentenced: “We will try to transfer that physical state to football and the results“.
*Data updated as of April 26, 2022
Although it is true that these results have not been accompanying since he made these statements, on April 2 -the parakeet team has reaped a victory and three defeats since then-, that supposed physical level is the great asset with which Moreno and Espanyol play in view of the visit to Real Madridthis Saturday at the Santiago Bernabéu, and by extension in the five remaining days of the League. The force against the mindwhich runs the risk of having unconsciously disconnected once permanence has been achieved, even virtually, and with no more palpable challenges on the horizon.
Throughout his career on the bench, Vicente Moreno has added exactly 50 percent of the points at stake in the last five days of the championships, 60 points out of 120 possiblewhich has earned him reaching the promotion playoffs with positive inertia or, directly, going up, as happened without going any further last season against Real Zaragoza (0-0), at La Romareda, in the fifth game from the bottomjust like the one you will now face.
a full of 15 points added with Nàstic de Tarragona in Second B, the 2013-14 season, 11 racked up two seasons laterin Second A, and ten next2017-18, already at the helm of Mallorca. Five points obtained a year ago with Espanyolwhen ‘only’ the title of champion was at stake.
The five final days of Vicente Moreno
But his worst balance, however, came in what until now was his only season in the First Divisionthe 2019-20, with the vermilion, in which only got four of the last 15 points. A harvest that left him four other points from permanence and, therefore, meant the only decline in his career as a technician.
In the current case, keeping that average of 50 percent of the points it would mean finishing the season with 46 or 47 points, and most likely in the top ten. What the team would sign, surely the fans and Moreno himself. But this happens, first, through the Bernabéu. And then, due to the pending commitments before Osasuna, Valencia (in Cornellà), Alavés and Granada (at home). In a few weeks, doubts about the relationship between physical level and results will be dispelled.