The first ‘EuroGirona’ in history, the keys to the team that thrilled LaLiga

Historic match in Montilivi: Girona beat Cádiz (4-1) on a night that will always remain in the memory of all the fans of the Catalan team. Míchel’s men will play in Europe next season for the first time in their historyin the absence of knowing in which competition (Champions, Europa League or Conference).

The truth is that Montilivi smells like Champions. Girona, third, has 68 points: 20 more than Betis, seventh placed, and ten more than Athletic Club, fifth in the table, with six games remaining (18 points) until the end of the League. If nothing strange happens, the Catalan team will be in the premier competition next season. And in the domestic championship, that of regularity, there is no such thing as chance.


Míchel highlighted it after the game against Cádiz: “We have made history in the club with a three-year project“The thing about the Madrid native with the Catalan team has few precedents. From suffering in the Second Division to fighting in Europe, in three years, with very attractive football and with an entire city in his pocket. Míchel has hooked Girona with football, yes, but the communion that he has created between the fans and the team is exciting.

Girona is passion, intensity and daring. It is understanding football as the sport in which the one who scores the most goals wins, and not the one who concedes the least. A team full of nuances, which seeks to perfect an idea in which the ball is the protagonist, but always with the rival’s goal between its eyebrows. The result of all this is hilarious.

Míchel at the Civitas Metropolitano / Kiko Huesca / EFE

Brave from behind and taking care of the ball, the Girona He seeks to progress with many players, and subdue the rival by attacking and attacking, besieging him in his own area. One of the great abilities of this Girona is to punish the teams that lock themselves in behind and that is achieved because Míchel is capable of generating scenarios in which his players are comfortable and can fully exploit their strengths and minimize their weaknesses.


He Girona lost four key players last summer: Santi Bueno, Oriol Romeu, Rodrigo Riquelme and the ‘Taty’ Castellanos. In this sense, the City Group was relevant to not lose staff level, promote the project and give continuity to Míchel’s ‘work’, but we must not take away even one iota of merit from the Madrid native.

Yan Couto celebrating his goal against Granada / EFE

Almost certainly, Footballers like Yan Couto or Savinho would not be in Girona, it is true, but Míchel has the ability to know what to do with this talent that is given to him and how to adapt it to his idea. If they bet on him it is because he has earned it and they consider that there is no better coach than him to command this Girona in Europe.


But if something is important to be a strong team, it is to make your home a true fortress. In this sense, Montilivi is a ‘castle’ that only one team has been able to conquer this season: Real Madrid. 13 wins, two draws and only one defeat. 41 of 48 points at home, being the third best team in the competition, tied with Ancelotti’s team. If Montilivi has enjoyed this year, in addition to the game, it is because of the results. Visiting Montilivi is synonymous with suffering. Girona is the team that has scored the most goals this season at home: 42.


While the rivals suffer in their visits to Montilivi, the fans enjoy a different player, who has been (and is) one of the great keys to Girona’s success. There are many players to highlight: Miguel Gutiérrez, Daley Blind, Eric García, Aleix García, Viktor Tsygankov… So many. But Savinho is special.

“I know they are big words, but since the emergence of Vinicius I think that I have not seen a one-on-one talent as unbalanced as him“These words were spoken Michel months ago when he was asked about the Brazilian, that although his performance has not been a surprise to those who had him under control in Brazil, he has exploded in LaLiga for the general public.

Savinho celebrates a goal with Girona / EFE

10 goals and 8 assists this season They highlight him as the differential player, the one who ‘breaks’ the rules, and also the defenses. Dribbling, technical details, overflow, explosiveness, daring and shooting. A cocktail of qualities that are highly valued in the market. It is the smile of Míchel’s teamand one of the main reasons for wanting to see the Catalan team play every week. When he has the ball, absolutely anything can happen.. A feeling that fewer and fewer footballers transmit, but that has always been the essence of football. Savio He has made himself known to the world as a player who is here to stay.


Did anyone expect that Artem Dovbyk would be fighting face to face with Jude Bellingham at this point in the season? Surely not even himself. SYour performance is being spectacular. 18 goals to stand out as the sole Pichichi of LaLigaeven surpassing the Real Madrid star.

Dovbyk, celebrating his goal against Cádiz / EFE

What the Ukrainian touches goes into the goal. A born ‘killer’, who has the net between his eyebrows. He is the main person in charge of materializing everything that the team generates, but his work goes much further. Dovbyk is synonymous with ‘hard-working’. One of those forwards who leaves everything for his team. He grows, he fights, he goes to look for all the balls from above, he runs, he wears himself out… But at a tactical level he is essential to fix the center backs, create space for his teammates, take down balls and give a long start. In addition, he has also distributed five assists. Will playing in Europe destabilize the ‘iceman’?

2024-04-20 23:48:42
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