Girona wants to get closer to the playoff and Leganés, to consolidate

The rojiblancos seek to get closer to the cucumber team that has four points ahead of them. Garitano, who opens abroad, wants to prolong the good feelings.


Girona and Leganés, two of the teams that appeared in the pools to fight for the playoff at the end of the season, meet in Montilivi (follow the game live on On paper, everything looks beautiful, but expectations must be realized and both groups are trying to successfully shape their future. At the moment, the cucumber team is the only one of the two that is in the top six, but it would be wise not to neglect it because this meeting is undoubtedly crucial to really show the objectives. Girona glimpse the promotion posts four points away and the line is precisely marked by Leganés. The playoff train has been running for days and one of the stops on its route is this one in Montilivi. The rojiblancos seek to get closer to him and the Madrilenians, to establish themselves.

The rojiblanco team comes to the duel with better sensations than points because the blow suffered in Mallorca after falling in 92 '(1-0) left them a bit cold. Francisco has tried to influence this week on the psychological aspect and on the punch because a team that wants to fight to get to First cannot have the third worst attack in the category (they have only added 17 goals). It is surprising because there are players like Stuani, Sylla and Samu Saiz in their ranks and, without a doubt, the focus will be on them in this second leg of the campaign. Also about a Juanpe who, after months injured, will finally enter a call. The coach is clear that the 4-3-3 is the system in which the group feels stronger and, regarding the duel against Mallorca, only the return of Franquesa to the left-back is expected and Aday will move to the right-handed end. Upstairs will be Stuani and footballers such as Bárcenas, Nahuel Bustos and Sylla will play a revulsive role. Enough wood to try to put a Leganés in trouble who is a 'friend' because in the nine times they have faced each other, both in First and Second, he has been unable to beat them (five Girona wins and four draws). In the first round, Girona achieved the first victory of the season against the pepineros (0-1), but things have changed a lot. The clearest has been the arrival of Garitano. Last day saw a Leganés, against Lugo, more complete, competitive and, most importantly, a winner. The coach, who lives his first game away, will fight with the bad luck of the team at home. The pepineros numbers are not typical of a candidate for promotion because they have only added ten points in 11 games.

The 'Garitanismo' seems to have returned and the coach has in mind to repeat a good part of the plan he deployed against Lugo, although conditioned by the losses. Arnáiz (micro-rupture), Silva (knee problems) and Perea (sanction) were headlines last Monday and this Sunday they will not play. Avilés, Javi Hernández and Rubén Pérez could supply them. Bustinza also returns, captain general for Garitano in his previous projects and who could return to eleven, but to exercise in the axis.

As to follow:

-Samu Saiz: He is a player, with spaces, very unbalancing. Much is expected of him and he must be key in the second round. Their arrivals from the second line, productive.

-Eraso: Garitano has given back gallons. And in his swollen chest they shine more than ever. Now it feels important and performs as such. It promises to be key.


-Pegada: Girona has the third worst attack in Segunda because it has only been able to achieve 17 goals. Players like Stuani, Nahuel Bustos and Samu Saiz must improve their scoring records.

-Recently released: Mallorca is the only recent release that has resisted Girona this season. Espanyol has already won both games and Leganés beat them in the first round.

-Departures: Leganés gets muddy when it has to leave the pit that is Butarque. Beyond its walls, it sinks. Garitano wants to change it. And press for it to be so. A more ambitious Leganés is expected.

-Direct: Leganés played with Martí to see them come when he was a stranger. Garitano seems to change this trend. Without disdaining defense, his style aims to be faster, more direct and intense.

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