Girona must earn the right to be LaLiga title contenders: Michel
LaLiga – Girona v Real Madrid
Soccer Football – LaLiga – Girona v Real Madrid – Estadi Montilivi, Girona, Spain – September 30, 2023 Girona coach Michel before the match REUTERS/Albert Gea/File Photo Acquire Licensing Rights
Dec 19 (Reuters) – LaLiga leaders Girona have to earn the right to be regarded as title contenders alongside giants Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, coach Michel said after Monday’s win over Alaves.
The 3-0 home win propelled Girona back to the top of the standings with 44 points from 17 matches, two more than second-placed Real and nine above Barcelona, who Girona defeated earlier this month.
“Madrid is going to fight for the league. Barca is going to fight for the league. Atletico is going to fight for the league,” Michel told reporters.
“We have to earn that right… (and) end the year in the best way.”
Girona have been the surprise package of the season and have stretched their unbeaten streak to 11 league games.
“I expected a much tougher game, much more complicated with transitions from the opponent but we didn’t let them do it at any time,” the Spaniard said.
“The reality is that we are in good shape and we have had an incredible first half of the season.”