Girona attends the annual appointment of promotion promotion to First. A success, despite the fact that in the previous two years it suffered cruel dislikes, the red and white club separated from glory in the second leg and played at home. First against Elche (2020) and then against Rayo (2021). This time Montilivi will be the scene of the first leg against Tenerife (9:00 p.m.), with the outcome in the Canary Islands on Sunday, June 19.
The capacity for suffering has already become one of the virtues of the club and the team led by Michel. Girona arrived to spend 16 days in a relegation position, and his persistence allowed him to win. Undertook a slow climb to be 180 minutes from the promised (and trodden) land of Primera between 2017 and 2019. the pass winning in Ipurua. In extra time.
Six promotions for Michel
“History, the word is to make history. I don't live for anything other than promotion”, said Michel, who keeps the six promotions achieved as unforgettable memories, “four as a player and two as a coach”, he specified. “You feel that this is the best moment of your career”, confessed the coach, with the desire to repeat those experiences, also because of the gratitude he feels towards Girona and its leading team.
< p>Michel, in Girona's training session prior to the duel with Eibar.
“The club has valued me well above what I have done, because they renewed my contract [on May 19] without having entered the play-offs yet, something illogical for current times”, he acknowledged. the coach from Madrid.
Michel tried to maintain the balance between the passion that stirs the city (Montilivi will present a full house of the 11,800 seats) and the essential coldness to avoid overexcitement before the double duel against Tenerife. “I don't know if this year is the right one or not, the tie is 50% complete” repeated the coach, aware of the bitter experiences lived by Girona. Added to the immediately preceding upsets are the qualifiers lost in 2013 (against Almería) and 2015 (Osasuna).
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“We are living glorious years, very big, with brutal growth and from which we have to feel proud”, pondered Quique Cárcel, the technical secretary since 2014, alluding to the four accumulated promotion phases and the two years enjoyed in the First Division. “We have experience in the play-offs that we have to know how to take advantage of”, stressed the top football executive.
Cárcel appealed to the experience of the veterans of the squad (Stuani , Bernardo, Saiz…) and Michel preferred to delve into caution. He had reasons.
Girona has lost both league games against Tenerife. “We have to be humble and keep the feet on the ground. What has been done so far is useless,” said Michel, before admitting: “If I saw myself as a favorite, I would say so.”