Girona, the current leader of La Liga, is stepping up to the plate among footballing giants Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Atletico Madrid. Coach Michel highlighted the team’s need to earn recognition as a title contender alongside these powerhouses, emphasizing the necessity to finish the year on a high note.
“Madrid is going to fight for the league. Barca is going to fight for the league. Atletico is going to fight for the league,” stated Michel, acknowledging the fierce competition posed by these traditional heavyweights. Follow your favourite La Liga team with attractive La Liga odds from Nextbet.
He stressed the significance of proving themselves: “We have to earn that right… (and) end the year in the best way.”
Girona’s recent 3-0 victory against Alaves propelled them back to the top of the standings, amassing an impressive 44 points from 17 matches, two points ahead of Real Madrid in second place and a staggering nine points ahead of Barcelona, whom they defeated earlier this month.
Reflecting on their unexpected journey this season, Michel expressed his satisfaction: “The reality is that we are in good shape, and we have had an incredible first half of the season.”
Girona’s unbeaten streak spanning 11 league games has been a testament to their resilience and determination on the field. Michel, however, anticipated a challenging encounter during their upcoming fixture against Real Betis, acknowledging the atmosphere and the competitive edge the opposition brings.
“Trying to win at Real Betis’ field, which is a beautiful game to play with a spectacular atmosphere and with the maximum difficulty because it is also a team that will be fighting in Europe,” Michel remarked, highlighting the hurdles they anticipate facing.
With the team’s best finish historically at 10th place in La Liga, there’s an air of optimism surrounding Girona’s prospects this season. Michel emphasized the importance of enjoying the moment while acknowledging the historic significance of their players’ performances.
“There is still a lot left, and we have to enjoy the moment. We have to go game by game and recognise that these players are making history,” he concluded.
Girona’s journey continues as they prepare to face Real Betis in their final match of 2023, looking to solidify their position atop La Liga and further assert themselves as genuine contenders among Spain’s footballing elites. Get the latest updates from the La Liga only on Nextbet Sports.