Real Madrid – Girona FC: Vinicius and Bellingham wake Girona from their LaLiga dreams (4-0)
Real Madrid beat Girona in the crucial LaLiga clash. Ancelotti's side, with Vinicius and Bellingham in stellar form, made it clear who are the favourites to win the title this season, overcoming the surprise team of the championship. Michel's Girona were outplayed throughout the game and suffered their second defeat in LaLiga. Both defeats have come against Real Madrid.
Tactical analysis and match report by Xavi Sánchez.
This is the classic David versus Goliath story that we love so dearly. Europe's surprise team, with Bayer Leverkusen's permission, was looking to storm to the top against the colossal Real Madrid in the Santiago Bernabeu coliseum. A team that not so long ago struggled in the mud of the second division, now came face to face with the most successful team in Spain and Europe. There is no better narrative than this. There is no better match in Spain, currently, than this one.
After losing 3-2 to Mallorca in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals, Girona have turned their attention to the dream of winning LaLiga. Without Michel, Daley Blind and Yangel Herrera, all of whom are suspended, Girona have brought back goalscorer Dovbyk to get back to winning ways after a goalless draw against Real Sociedad in their last game. Michel's side have only lost one game in LaLiga this season, and that was against Real Madrid at Montilivi. With a hunger for revenge and a desire to take the lead, Girona arrive at the Bernabéu just two points behind Real Madrid in a game that could decide the future of the competition.
Real . . .