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Girona has four players threatened with sanction by the Bernabéu

Blind controls a ball in the match against Mallorca in Montilivi
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The victory a Vigo of last Sunday (0-1) combined with the stumbles of l’Athletic Club a Cádiz (0-0), the Barça with Villarreal (3-5) and Real Sociedad against Rayo (0-0) they widened Girona’s cushion a little more against their pursuers in the fight to get a ticket to the Champions League. This is the great goal of a Girona team that starts in February, without the Cup, but in a great state of form, game and confidence to face a terrifying calendar. The options to enter the top European competition, and who knows if to fight for the title, can begin to be defined in three days in which Míchel’s men will receive the Royal Society on Saturday in Montilivi (21:00) and then they will visit Real Madrid and Athletic Club consecutively. Three direct duels against, right now, the sixth, second and fifth and which will serve to measure the team’s strengths. If Girona come out alive, it might be time to take off their masks and start talking seriously about the Champions League, or the League. If not, then it will be time to continue pedaling because the cushion will still be important enough to give up nothing. Míchel is sure that he “only” thinks about Saturday’s duel against Real even though he is aware that this game against the Basques can condition the next one and, the next one is at the Santiago Bernabéu. And the fact is that the coach has four players, right now, starters threatened with suspension who, if they see a yellow card on Saturday, will not be able to play on the Madrid field. It is about Yan Couto, Arnau Martinez i Daley Blind -three of the four starting defenders in the last game in Balaídos against Celta, and of Yangel Herrera.

Arnau Martínez started in Vigo at a remarkable level Aniol Resclosa

The three white-and-red defenders will have to be very careful on Saturday. A card for Couto, Arnau or Blind would further penalize an injury-plagued defensive line. It should be noted that ni Juanpe ni David Lopez they will be ready to play, in principle, still against Madrid and therefore, any further leave should be replaced by the young person in the subsidiary Antal Yaakobishvili. The Hungarian has so far participated in the League against Sevilla and in the Cup with Rayo Vallecano in Montilivi and was a starter in the tie lost in Palma against Mallorca (3-2). In this sense, the club uses up the last hours of the market – it closes at midnight on Thursday – to find a piece that reinforces the rear and allows Míchel to be calmer in the face of any emergency. Of course, we will have to see, first if he arrives and then if he is ready enough to play games of such significance as the ones to come. There are fewer shortages in the middle of the field in the event that it was Herrera who saw the yellow card. The Venezuelan, very important for the team, has missed several weeks of competition due to injury, but Michel has made up for his absence by falling back in position Ivan Martin and trusting to Pablo Torre i Portu.

Couto, in action with Pedrosa (Sevilla) Marc Brugués / Marc Martí

Seasons are long and there are always injuries and suspensions. In this sense, while it is expected that some of those threatened may fall, Girona has already seen how this year David López received a four-game suspension following the words he uttered against Ortiz Arias during the half of the match against Almería At the moment, David López – who has already served his sentence -, Alex Garciaexpelled to Almeria, i Cristhian Stuaniwhich has completed a cycle of five cards, are the only players sanctioned so far in the squad. Of course, there are a few white-and-red players who have three cards and who are two away from serving a penalty. they are Miguel Gutierrez, Juanpe RamírezDavid López, Iván Martín i Savinho.

Yangel Herrera, in action during Girona-Getafe Aniol Resclosa

Camavinga i Tchouaméni

Meanwhile, Real Madrid also have two players (Tchouaméni i Camavinga) warned of suspension and that if they see a card on Sunday against Atlético de Madrid, they would miss the match against Girona the following day. That as long as they are not booked tomorrow against Getafe. With four yellows there are Tchouaméni and Camavinga, while Mendy has three. Either way, bench depth.

2024-01-31 05:30:24
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