It's taken a few short months for Catalan minnows Girona to make their mark at Play To Enjoy. Placed in Division 1 and led by Welsh manager Baddar, the Gironistes have surpassed expectations and find themselves near the top of the table as the half-way point of the season approaches.
"It's not a situation we were expecting to be in, but I think we're there on merit. It's a hard-working group and the results thus far have matched our strong performances," Baddar told the Jungle Gazette.
Girona is a club that hadn't as much as played in the top tier of Spanish football until 2017, and now they're making waves on the world stage. Baddar is refusing to get carried away with their good start, however.
"Everyone had tipped us to be in a relegation battle, but the first eight games have gone well for us. It's important we build on it though, as there's still a long way to go in the season."
Many have singled out a few players in particular regarding the strong start - Valère Germain being one of them, with the Frenchman netting 7 times already. Jonathan Cafú has also received plaudits for his performances which have included a handful of goals.
"It's such a cliche thing to say but it's been a team effort. Andreas Pereira has been fantastic alongside Luka (Milivojevic) in midfield, Abdul (Waris) has stepped in when required and done a great job, and when you look at the amount of goals we've conceded compared to the rest of the league, we're strong at the back, too."
The Girona boss did refuse to get drawn into any promotion talk though.
"Look, I've said since the start of the season that it's a very competitive league. There are a few teams who've stood out so far but there are no easy wins. My job is to get the lads playing attractive football and the results will hopefully continue to speak for themselves."