Gerard Pique Compares La Liga Leaders Girona With ‘Scary’ Leicester City Claim

Published 11/08/2023, 10:39 AM EST

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Girona, a modest club, neighbor to the mighty Barcelona, has taken the soccer world by storm this season. Currently placed at the top of the La Liga table, the Spanish club’s remarkable run of form is extraordinary. In a league dominated by Real Madrid and Barcelona, Girona’s recent emergence has signaled a potential shift in La Liga. Amid their excellent run of form, former Barcelona icon Gerard Pique has now commended Girona and likened the club to Leicester City.

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Gerard Pique drew comparisons between Girona’s current season and Leicester City’s unforgettable title-winning campaign in 2015-16. This unusual but ‘scary’ comparison has left fans abuzz and intrigued about Girona’s prospects this season.

Gerard Pique likens Girona to Leicester City’s title-winning squad

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In an interview, Gerard Pique made a stunning and daring comparison when talking about the prospects of Barcelona, Xavi, and the recent surge of Girona in La Liga. When asked about the current state of the La Liga title race and, in particular, the meteoric rise of Girona, Pique stated, “It’s scary. They’re beginning to look like Leicester. It’s a unique project, and it’s incredible how they play, how they combine.” With these comments, the former Barcelona captain ignited discussions surrounding Girona’s stunning performances.

The comparisons between Girona and Leicester City’s unforgettable Premier League triumph in the 2015-16 campaign raise questions about whether the Catalan side can emulate the Foxes’ heroics. Girona has played 12 matches so far in La Liga. And impressively, they accumulated 31 points, suffering only one defeat and a draw.

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They have scored more goals than any other team in the league, showcasing their attacking quality. This season marks the first time in the club’s history that they have claimed the number-one spot in La Liga, reshaping their history.

Pique’s comparison of Girona to the Foxes is not without reasoning. Leicester City’s remarkable Premier League triumph remains one of the most astonishing stories in modern soccer. Led by Italian coach Claudio Ranieri, Leicester secured the Premier League title staggeringly with 81 points. Interestingly, Leicester didn’t rely much on high-profile victories, but they were consistent throughout the campaign.

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Girona boss not ready to draw comparisons with Leicester City

While Pique’s comparisons have raised the possibility of Girona’s successful campaign, the club’s boss, Michel, remains pragmatic about their situation. According to Michel, Girona’s primary focus is to reach the 42-point mark. It would secure the club from relegation. “Girona is on 19 already – to guard against relegation. Maybe after 10 more matches the target for the season will have changed,” Michel claimed.

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The parallels between Girona and the Foxes’ triumphant campaign are striking. However, it is essential to realize that La Liga differs from the Premier League. So, the challenges Girona will face will alter from that of Leicester. Fans will eagerly monitor to see if Girona can pull off a Leicester City-like miracle and write their own unforgettable story. Do you think it will happen?

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Sahil Sharma

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Sahil Sharma is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports. He's been a fan since childhood, but his love for the sport truly took off when Real Madrid won their record 10th UEFA Champions League title in 2014. That famous La Decima triumph turned him into a hardcore Madridista.
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