Girona has emerged as a delightful surprise in La Liga this season. Mitchell’s team has impressed right from the beginning of the campaign, rightfully securing the top position in the La Liga standings.
Despite the season being in its early stages with many matches still to be played, comparisons have already been drawn between the Catalan team and the English Leicester, which clinched the title in 2016. Girona adopts an attacking style of play and demonstrates the ability to turn matches around, exemplified by their recent 2-1 victory over Rayo Vallecano. The squad boasts promising young talents, particularly standing out are the two Ukrainians, Viktor Tsyhankov and Artem Dovbyk.
Dovbyk, who is the team’s leading goal-scorer in the first 13 rounds, was signed in August from his hometown club Dnipro-1 for a modest fee of 7 million euros, despite having been the top scorer of the league for two seasons. The upheaval caused by the war with Russia compelled many players to leave their homeland at prices well below their actual market value, a circumstance echoed in Dovbyk’s case. Viktor Tsyhankov, another teammate, faced a similar situation. Valued at 22 million, Girona managed to secure his services for a mere 5 million euros.
The rapid adaptation of both players has been instrumental in their stellar performances. With some Ukrainian staff on board, the duo has found support in communicating effectively with their teammates.
Mitchell has successfully balanced his squad, integrating both young talents like the Brazilian winger Savinho and the two Ukrainians, along with more seasoned players. The experience of veteran Daley Blind and the loanee from Barcelona, Eric Garcia, contributes significantly to the team’s defensive stability.
While it’s premature to discuss the title as the season unfolds, Girona’s consistent performances make it a plausible scenario. If they maintain their current level of play, Girona seems destined to compete in European competitions in the upcoming campaign.