It was a tough day for Pablo Machín, but he is still proud that his Girona players scored three goals against Real Madrid in their thumping defeat.
The trip to the Santiago Bernabeu was not as rewarding as their last match against Los Blancos, as Cristiano Ronaldo and co ran riot to win 6-3.
While there is disappointment for the Girona manager, all is not lost and they showed resilience, especially considering they were playing Segunda Division football last season and are now chasing the European places.
Machín proud of Girona
“I don’t like that we had the feeling of being fragile. But we have been brave and we scored three goals,” said Machín.
“I’m leaving satisfied. We need to be more positive than negative, as the worst was conceding six goals but we are also proud of the three we got and for the chances generated.”
It was a case of the Ronaldo show, as the Portuguese attacker scored four times and also claimed an assist, as Lucas Vazquez and Gareth Bale also got on the scoresheet for the hosts.
Huge gulf in talent to Real Madrid
“The difference between the two clubs is unquestionable and they have some of the best players in the world,” Machín added.
“Madrid showed from the beginning that they were going to party. But we came to compete and our fans will have seen that we have been courageous.”
Girona had equalised through Christhian Stuani, who later got his second, before Juanpe scored a late consolation.
The Catalan outfit had beaten by Real Madrid in the reverse fixture in October, but despite this defeat, they are still chasing for a place in the Europa League next season in just their first top-flight campaign, having already secured survival.
With just two points separating them and sixth-placed Sevilla, Machín’s men host relegation strugglers Levante after the international break, but will be quietly confident of clinching a European spot with just Valencia left to play of the teams that currently above them in the table.