Espanyol vs Barcelona ;. All you need to know about catalan derby
The local derby between FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol the most important match between Catalonia’s most emblematic clubs. Since their founding more than a century ago, the rivalry between these two teams has made their games so much more than a simple football match, with the city of Barcelona passionately savouring one of LaLiga’s classic matchups.and here we present you all things you need to know
FC Barcelona was founded in 1899, and RCD Espanyol one year later, in 1900. As such, more than 115 years of derby history has been written, with successes, failures and disappointments on each side of the divide, with football always as the main protagonist and two communities of supporters anxiously awaiting each of the derby games in this Mediterranean city.
Between these two historic clubs there have been many prominent players, both Spanish and international, who have represented their colours; a select few have even represented both. Currently, both teams have world-class footballers, including Leo Messi, Luis Suárez, coutinho, Sergio Busquets, Arthur and Marc-André Ter Stegen for FC Barcelona, who are coached by Ernesto Valverde (who during his career has also managed and played for both). Last season, Barca drew 1-1 at Cornella El Prat in La Liga and were beaten 1-0 there in the Copa Del Rey, so Ernesto Valvderde’s side will be wary of a team who always raise their game
On the road this season, Barca have failed to really impress in any of the six matches they have contested in La Liga. Espanyol, meanwhile, have been one of the strongest teams at home all season and new manager Rubi has got the side playing better and more intelligently.and have one of the most in-form strikers in the division with Borja Iglesias netting in five of the last six league games.