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Girona boss Michel targeting historic second-place finish in LaLiga

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 9 May 2024

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Girona boss Michel has called on his team to end their remarkable season on a high by finishing second in LaLiga, ahead of Friday’s trip to Alaves.

Girona fought back to beat Barcelona 4-2 last weekend, a result that left Real Madrid with an unassailable lead in the table as they clinched a record-extending 36th Spanish top-flight title.

It also ensured Girona confirmed Champions League qualification with four games to spare, putting them 13 points clear of fifth-placed Athletic Bilbao and taking them above Barca into second.

Girona’s previous highest finish in the Spanish top flight is 10th, which they achieved in both 2017-18 and 2022-23, and Michel is now keen to add further gloss to an unforgettable campaign.

“The objective is to be second and we need to win all four games, although we go game by game. Right now the team is above Barca and the objective is this,” Michel told reporters on Thursday.

“We are now a rival of Barcelona because they are below us and we have the same objective. But until now we were not.

“If our objective is to compete against Madrid we will always be in a situation where we don’t reach our objective and I don’t think that’s fair because Madrid, Barca and Atletico are made for other things. Now, we have earned the chance to fight against two of them.”

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