Eric Garcia has been looking ahead to Girona’s La Liga clash with Barcelona on Sunday, as the loanee prepares to face his parent club.
The defender is available to play against Xavi’s side, unlike Pablo Torre, and admits it will be a special game for him.
“Of course it will be a special game for me because I am on loan and I have a lot of friends there,” he told La Liga. “It will be a massive game for us and them because we are fighting for nearly the same thing even though it’s a little bit different. It will be a very special game.”
Girona have been a real surprise package this season and head into the match above Barcelona in the table. Eric explained why he thinks his team are doing so well.
“I think from the beginning the team had a clear idea of how we want to play, from the years that the coach has been here, and I think that’s been the key,” he explained.
“We’ve been through some ups and downs but we’ve always had the same mentality. The last game for example, we were down with 10 minutes left, having the mentality to keep doing the same things and then coming back. It’s just one of the details of why the team is up there.
“The mentality the gaffer has given us is to fight until the end because as we are seeing we have a lot of quality players that can turn the game back in five minutes like we did at Valencia.”
The defender also admitted he had not expected to be flying so high with Girona after signing for the club on loan in the summer.
“No. I mean we are gameweek 15 now and being up there with Barca, Real Madrid and Atletico, I think no-one could have expected that at the beginning of the season but I think we are there because we have been doing really well,” he added.
“I think we deserve a lot of credit but also we know that teams like Barca and Madrid should finish above us. I think the way we have been playing we’ve shown we can play and we can at least fight with them.”
Barcelona have a great record against Girona. They are unbeaten in their last six league meetings and have kept a clean sheet in four of those games.