Girona – Celta de Vigo: A toothless Celta fail to stretch a resolute Girona defense (3-2)
Girona’s settled defensive performance proved too sturdy to beat, as Antonio Mohamed’s mid-game tactical changes were not enough to see his side complete a second half comeback.
After their away win against Villarreal before the international break, Girona were looking to pick up back-to-back wins whilst also looking to claim their first home victory of the season.
Celta came into this game boasting an unbeaten record under their new coach Antonio Mohamed. Now with the opportunity to extend their winning run to three games, having put aside Atlético Madrid last time out, Celta de Vigo could go level on points with second-placed Real Madrid, on ten points.
Girona made just two changes to their starting eleven for this game. Twenty-year-old Brazilian midfielder Douglas Luiz was given the nod ahead of Pere Pons in the centre of midfield. Up top, the partnership of Cristian Portu and Cristhian Stuani was restored as they lined up together for the first time since the opening day of the season. The resulting setup was still unchanged as Eusebio Sacristán set out his side in the usual 3-4-2-1 shape.
Mohamed's side were completely unchanged from their last match and also fielded the same 3-4-2-1 shape, as well.
Celta's positioning in possession
Celta carve through midfield but lack penetration in the final third
The tempo of the match was fast and furious from the start. Many turnovers but not much control and not many significant chances being created, either.
It is partly because of this that Celta found so much joy breaking through Girona’s midfield press. With Stanislav Lobotka being given license to push . . .