Girona’s Manager Departure Casts Shadow Over Real Madrid Showdown
With his potential return to his hometown, Girona’s top-of-the-table matchup with Real Madrid will now take place without the mastermind of their success. With two minutes remaining on Saturday, Michel Sanchez was dismissed by Jesus Gil Manzano after he objected to a foul that was not called on his team.
Girona’s costly encounter ended when a goal against Real Sociedad was incorrectly disallowed due to VAR intervention. After the final whistle, Daley Blind was also booked for speaking with the referee, while Yangel Herrera received his fifth yellow card in the last five minutes of play. Despite being only two points behind Los Blancos, both will miss Saturday’s match against Real Madrid.
According to Sport, Michel will also be suspended following his two-game penalty. As a result, he will miss their trip the following week to play Athletic Club at San Mames. The Girona manager was told to leave his technical area to dispute a foul that was not delivered “in a reiterated way.”
Feeling betrayed by the outcome, Montilivi sang, “Like this, like this, like this, Real Madrid wins,” after the game. Michel referred to the goal that was disallowed as “a mistake by VAR” and expressed his confusion over some of the rulings. He claimed at his dismissal that his objections did not offend anyone. The good news is that it appears Artem Dovbyk will return to play Real Madrid.