The Girona coach, Míchel Sánchez, admitted this Friday that Espanyol's visit will be "a match with more than three points", because it is a derby, because his team needs to win if they want to finish LaLiga in the top ten, their "objective". , and because winning would mean leaving Espanyol seven points behind plus the particular goal difference.
The rojiblanco coach also called for "a step forward" to break the streak of three games without knowing victory and ruled out that beating Espanyol already means permanence: "LaLiga will continue and many more points have to be scored to be in a comfortable position".
He added that his goal is to reach 53 points, but acknowledged that the team is far from that figure, although he recalled that there are still 12 games left.
On Espanyol, Míchel argued that, despite their situation in the table, they have "a great team" and "players of a high level in attack, such as Joselu, Braithwaite, Puado, Denis, Darder, Vinicius".
In this sense, he said that Girona must seek to impose their style so that footballers like Sergi Darder are "less comfortable" and insisted on the need to "not lose the ball in dangerous areas so that they cannot do damage in transitions".
The Girona coach warned that it will be a "very difficult" duel, but he reiterated that he thinks that Girona can "play a great game and beat any rival".
In addition, he highlighted that the Ukrainian winger Viktor Tsygankov, signed in winter, has made the team grow because "he is a player who is differential in zone 3, by goals, by assists, but also has a spectacular capacity for work".
About the midfielder Yangel Herrera, who has stopped training with the group and will be out for a few more weeks due to injury, he assured that he is "worried" because he is also a differential player for the team and this season he has not been able to play regularly for the physical problems. "He is a player who, at his level, makes the team better," said Míchel.