Pragmatic Getafe keep Champions League dream alive

Getafe

Getafe remain on course for one the biggest La Liga success stories in recent seasons, with Jose Bordalas’ side firmly in pole position to finish fourth.

That would qualify them for the 2019-20 Champions League, for the first time in their 35 year history.

The side from South Madrid have remained out of the limelight for the majority of the season, only breaking into the Champions League spots in 2019, ahead of Alaves and Sevilla.

With 11 eleven league games to go in the La Liga season, Getafe have a four point cushion inside the top four in the Spanish top flight.

If they can keep their form going into the closing stages of the season they will better their two previous appearances in the UEFA Cup/Europa League.

They face a testing set of fixtures between now and the end of the season, with games against Real Madrid and Barcelona, as well as difficult away games at Valencia and Real Sociedad.

If they can navigate through the next six league games, without dropping too many points, before they host Real Madrid at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez on April 24th, they have a real chance.

The key to maintaining their position will be the form of key players Jaime Mata and Jorge Molina, who have netted 13 and 10 La Liga goals respectively this season.

Mata and Molina have formed a reliable attacking force for Bordalas’ side during the bulk of the season, but it has been the consistency of the majority of the squad that has underpinned their rise in 2018-19.

The former Alaves boss has placed his faith in a regular starting line up this season, with eight players starting 20 or more of their 27 La Liga games in 2018-19.

That consistency has been the bedrock of Getafe’s rise, with a base including experienced campaigners and young talents, allowing Mata and Molina the space to score key goals.

Centre back Leandro Cabrera has led their defensive efforts, which has included eight clean sheets in La Liga, while summer signing Nemanja Maksimovic has stood out in midfield – after being sold by rivals Valencia – alongside Mauro Arambarri in the engine room.

Despite coming up against experienced opposition this season, the pair have excelled and have justified their starting place as another one of Bordalas’ and Getafe’s success stories of the season.

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