Barcelona President Laporta Openly Supports Girona’s Title Bid Ahead of All Catalan Clash

Barcelona President Laporta Openly Supports Girona’s Title Bid Ahead of All Catalan Clash

Byron Pillay
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Joan Laporta wouldn't be upset if Girona were to win La Liga this year instead of Barcelona
  • The league leaders and La Blaugrana are Catalonian clubs and friends, according to Laporta
  • Girona reclaimed their lead of La Liga after hammering Barcelona 4-2 at the Estadi Olímpic

Joan Laporta would be happy with one Catalan club winning La Liga this season.

The Barcelona president made the statement ahead of the La Liga clash between two Catalan sides, Barca and Girona.

Joan Laporta at a press conference.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta has shown support for Girona to win La Liga if the Blaugrana fail to do so. Image: Javier Borrego.
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Coming into the game, Girona held a four-point lead over La Blaugrana, surprising many with their start to the season. Barca, on the other hand, have been hot and cold this season.

The defending champions were in fourth place on the table before the start of the game, but Laporta didn’t seem too concerned.

Speaking ahead of the fixture, he publicly showed support for Girona as well, saying that he wouldn’t mind if they won La Liga this season.

He also described Girona as ‘their friend’, saying that they would respect them.

Girona stun Barcelona in La Liga

Despite having the stronger side on paper, Laporta’s side were stunned by Girona in the first half of their La Liga encounter.

The surprise package of the season took a 2-1 lead into half-time and constantly outplayed Barca on the counter. Having never beaten Barcelona in La Liga in their history, Míchel’s men were looking to rewrite the record books.

They achieved that feat thanks to another impressive display in the second half, scoring two more goals as they thrashed the current champions 4-2.

The win took them back to the top of the table, thanks partly to Real Madrid dropping points against Real Betis this past matchweek.

How Guardiola is helping Girona

When it comes to the La Liga title race, any proper football fan will tip either Real Madrid, Barcelona, or Atletico Madrid to win it.

The three clubs have dominated the top flight for two decades and no other club has won since the 2003/2004 campaign.

This year, Girona are challenging that natural order and have a Guardiola in part to thank, as Sports Brief previously reported.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.