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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