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‘New Leicester’ Girona can win LaLiga, says ex-Spain winger Garcia

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The vast majority of soccer fans might view Girona’s stunning climb to the upper echelons of Spain’s LaLiga as an early season aberration, but former Spain and Barcelona winger Luis Garcia is not one of them.

“Girona have just come out of nowhere,” Garcia told Reuters in Bengaluru, adding that he saw parallels between their rise and Leicester City’s fairytale Premier League title win in the 2015-16 season.

“It’s the new Leicester, right? With Leicester I remember the talk was exactly the same — ‘Oh, you know, they will drop.'”

“Why can’t it be Girona?” Garcia said. “They don’t have European competition. They don’t have many international players.

“They can rest, they can rotate every week, and they can put out their best 11 every single weekend. It isn’t easy to beat this team.

“Will they feel the pressure in the last part of the season? They might. But we said the same of Leicester.”

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