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Coach: We can't keep up with Real

Updated: 2024-01-05 09:13
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Coach: We can't keep up with Real

Girona coach Michel Sanchez insisted his team cannot keep up with Real Madrid despite a stunning 4-3 win over Atletico Madrid on Wednesday to pull the minnow level on points with the La Liga leader.

Sanchez has repeatedly insisted his team is not in the same bracket as Spain's big three and maintained that line after Wednesday's remarkable triumph.

"We cannot keep up with Madrid's rhythm, we don't want to put that label on ourselves (of challengers)," Michel told reporters.

"To talk about bigger things, like the Champions League, we have to get to the last 10 matches ... then I'll be ready to talk about our next objective."

Michel said his team's only goal at this point of the season was qualifying for European competition.

" (Winning the league) is not the objective, the objective is first to think game-by-game, and try to reach Europe, which would already be a success for us," he added.

Girona, who has scored 46 goals, more than any other side in the top flight, is 13 points clear of fifth-place Athletic Bilbao, giving it a strong chance of a top-four finish.

Michel's side thrashed Barcelona 4-2 in December, with the Spanish champion 10 points behind the leader ahead of a Thursday trip to Las Palmas.

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