Real Madrid crushes Girona “a strong blow” in the title race – Ancelotti
Girona coach Michel admitted his side are “not in the Real Madrid league” after Real Madrid thrashed them 4-0 on Saturday in a result Carlo Ancelotti described as a “huge blow to the Spanish league title”.
Vinicius Junior opened the scoring at the Santiago Bernabeu and Jude Bellingham scored twice – before being substituted with an ankle problem – as Rodrigo Goes made it 4-0, leaving Real Madrid five points clear of Girona at the top of the table. .
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“We tried to stand up to them, but when Real Madrid is at its best, we can’t get there,” Michel said in his post-match press conference. “The players gave everything, but (Real Madrid) was superior in the duels. The matches of (Eduardo) Camavinga, Vinicius, Bellingham… we are not at that level.”
“We are a growing club,” Michel said. “There are only four or five teams in the world that can fight against Real Madrid. When they play like today, it is difficult to stop them.
“Valencia and (Real) Betis, this is our league. We are not in the Real Madrid league. We got points from Barcelona, but they are not in our league, and Atletico Madrid is not in our league. We will continue to work.” “With all humility, I think we are favorites to be in Europe.”
Michel – who has made Girona a surprise hit this season over more established rivals such as Barcelona – admitted Real Madrid are now likely to finish the season as champions.
He said: “In any match anything can happen, but I had a feeling today that Real Madrid is very strong and if it continues at this level it will be difficult for them to drop points.” “Today, you did not feel at any time that we could win… Our level is not the level of Real Madrid. We were in a dream, and we are still in a dream.”
Real Madrid coach Ancelotti said: “It is a huge blow to win the Spanish League title.” “Girona is a very good team. They haven’t lost away from home… We’re in a good position, we’ve done well so far. We have an advantage, but it’s just a small advantage.”
Madrid’s night was soured by concerns about Bellingham – who has now scored 16 league goals this season – ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League round of 16 first leg against RB Leipzig.
“Bellingham sprained his ankle,” Ancelotti said. “It will be evaluated tomorrow. Let’s hope he will be available on Tuesday… There are games that Bellingham has not played and others who have performed well, like Brahim (Diaz). I couldn’t be more worried than I was today.” “Today we had four central defenders injured and we did well.”