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Espanyol Has Best Preseason In Spanish Football

All 20 teams of LaLiga have completed their pre-season matches and Espanyol were the team who had the most successful run, coming out with a win in all six of their games.

Only Real Betis have managed more wins than the Catalan side and that is only due to their additional games played.

With three goals each, Borja Iglesias and Sergi Darder were Espanyol’s top scorers.

Espanyol have not been involved in much transfer business, as the coach Rubi has the utmost confidence in his squad and especially his two strikers upfront.

“I hope there are few outings, but the sporting directors have to work until August 31,” Rubi said after their last pre-season match.

Looking at other teams, Real Betis are the team that played the most this summer with eight friendlies.

In addition, almost all their rivals have been foreign clubs, with Las Palmas being their only Spanish opponent.

Impressively, only the German side Borussia Monchengladbach (3-2) managed to defeat Quique Setien’s men.

Their city rivals Sevilla had the most atypical pre-season.

Of their eight matches, three have been in the qualifying rounds of the Europa League and on Sunday Los Nervionenses played the Supercopa de Espana against Barcelona.

This demanding schedule has forced new coach Pablo Machin to quickly impose his ideas.

As for the giants of LaLiga, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona failed to shine as they had some sluggish results in the month of August.

The World Cup led to many of the club’s players competing until the final rounds, meaning they took little to no part in their side’s friendlies.

Before winning the Supercopa, the Blaugrana had only achieved one draw from their three friendlies against Tottenham (2-2), Roma (2-4) and AC Milan (0-1).

Atletico, meanwhile, failed to register a win in their International Champions Cup campaign.

City rivals Real Madrid started with a 2-1 defeat against Manchester United, but then went on to beat their three Italian rivals: a 3-1 win vs Juventus, a 2-1 victory over Roma and a 3-1 triumph against AC Milan.

Other notable pre-season stories from around the league include the fact that Getafe and Leganes both went undefeated after seven and six games respectively, while Celta Vigo did not win any of their five fixtures.

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