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Saturday August 19 2017
Preview: Girona-Atleti

History will be in the making at Montilivi on Saturday evening as Girona host giants Atletico Madrid in their first-ever, La Liga game.

Girona boss Pablo Machin on his side’s maiden voyage in the Spanish top flight: "I’m a realist. I don’t like to think about the future, if not the day to day.

“Of course, we have to be ambitious and consolidate our project. Hopefully, our fairy tale will end a long time from now.”

Atleti boss Diego Simeone on how his club have coped with their transfer ban: “The club have made a huge effort in keeping all the most important players.

“It’s clear that those who have stayed feel a sense of belonging here, and that speaks very well of the club.

“We have to reflect that on the pitch. For many, not making signings could be a point of weakness, but we see it as a positive.

“We know each other and our style of play well, and these things can reinforce the fabric and philosophy of our team.”

Girona (probable): Iraizoz; Maffeo, Bernardo, Muniesa, Alcala, Aday; Granell, Pons, Borja Garcia; Portu, Stuani

Injuries/suspensions: Amagat, Juanpe (doubtful)

Atletico Madrid (probable): Oblak; Juanfran, Savic, Gimenez, Lucas; Koke, Gabi, Saul, Carrasco; Griezmann, Torres

Injuries/suspensions: Filipe Luis, Gameiro (I) Godin, Thomas (S)

Referee: Martinez Munuera

Kick-off time: 19:15 BST/20:15 local time

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