Throughout his three years on the Granada, the ship worked from day one. The Nasrid team gave in from the start and achieved all their goals, even those that were not in their forecasts. Now, coach Diego Martínez has doubled his bet on Espanyol, the club with the most pedigree of those he has been to and where he will have to endure more pressure, especially due to the promise from the board to take a "step forward", to leave behind the minimum goal of salvation and aspire to higher heights. Maybe Europe? However, the gray start of the Blue and Whites, with only one point in two games, and the lack of charismatic signings has raised the first doubts among a crowd that, despite being the third day of the League, will go to the RCDE Stadium today with a magnifying glass to see the evolution of their players against Real Madrid. “I hope that the public is with the team and that we compete together. The road is long and complex. We believe in the project, in what is to come. Beyond a game, we have to create something solid in the medium and long term”, defended the Spanish coach yesterday at the sports city Dani Jarque.
The first step in the success of the 41-year-old from Vigo has been his elevated speech and his staging, self-confident and confident in his methods, unquestionable until now. In addition, his closeness, both with the fans and with the press, always ready to give a smile and a relaxed moment, have made him enter the perico environment on the right foot. “It represents values, a way of feeling. I am privileged to have Darder. Espanyol and his supporters should feel proud, ”he said about the Majorcan's renewal until 2026, one of the players with the highest quality and most loved in the squad.
Without wanting to look for it, Diego Martínez attracts the spotlight and becomes the leader, although he repeats as soon as he has the opportunity that "the team is the star". He went up to Second to the subsidiary of Sevilla, made history with Granada, which he returned to First and qualified for Europe, and only stayed halfway through his year with Osasuna, outside the playoff for promotion to the Santander League in the last working day. After a sabbatical year, installed for several months in England to learn about Premier League football, the Galician accepted the challenge of carrying out "the transformation" of Espanyol. But football does not wait and the results must come to give room for the coach's "process", preferably by adding points or at least competing against the current champion. “The eternal contradiction. Playing against Madrid never comes at a good time and it's always a good time to get the best out of yourself against the greats. We must bring out our best version”, he explained about the match against the whites, from whom he did not steal any points in four games with Granada.
Among the precepts of Diego Martínez is also to protect his pupils, close ranks with the locker room. “If there is something this team has, it is motivation. It's tremendous what they strive for, how they prepare each training session”, he praised his footballers, although slipping between the lines the need to improve: “We are making progress. It is true that we need to give more continuity to the good moments”. Nor has it fueled doubts about Raúl De Tomás, whose injury has been intertwined for months with his possible departure from the club. "He hasn't changed at all," he said of the Madrid native.
In the short time that he has been a blue and white player, he has addressed the Catoira sports management in public on several occasions, but he has never seemed like an ordeal, trying to safeguard the club's ecosystem at all times. “We need signings that help us compete. Talent at the service of the team”, he claimed once again, in addition to extolling the “excellent attitude” of Dani Gómez and Lazo, the last to arrive who will now be available against the whites.
Diego Martínez, without a doubt the image of the new project, met president Chen Yansheng this week, back in Barcelona after two and a half years, and the two will meet today at the RCDE Stadium. Much of the success or failure of Espanyol is in his hands, starting against Real Madrid.