Getafe’s push for a Champions League spot at the back end of the 2018-29 La Liga season, was one of the biggest stories in the Spanish top flight.
Ultimately, Jose Bordalas’s side were pipped at the post by Valencia, with the side from South Madrid eventually finishing in sixth place, behind Sevilla.
However, despite the last minute stumble, Bordalas and his players still managed to bring European football back to the Coliseum Alfonso Perez for the first time since 2011.
They have avoided the need for a qualifying route into the 2019-20 Europa League, and will begin their group stage campaign in mid-September, alongside the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United, AC Milan and Sporting Lisbon.
However, they will still have at least an additional six games inserted into their season, alongside 38 from La Liga, and a potential run in the Copa del Rey at the end of 2019.
This is likely to take its toll on Bordalas’ thin squad, which managed to get over the line in 2018-19, due to a lack of Copa and European football, allowing the players the space to concentrate solely on as a high a league finish as possible.
Ahead of the new campaign, Getafe have just 22 senior players registered, after loan returns and releases following contracts expiring.
Bordalas is reluctant to let any of his key players from last season leave the club, and understandably so, but due to the lack of depth, he has no fringe players to sell.
The club’s board have been quiet on how much of the Europa League money they will be making available for purchases, and they have run a tight ship in the past.
Following their return to La Liga in 2017, they spent €11m – a club record – ahead of the season start, followed by €24 in 2018 – another new record.
Whilst these sums show a rise, they are in the relegation zone of spending compared with their domestic rivals.
Soria, Mauro Arambarri and Leandro Cabrera were all bargain buys at the start of 2018-19, from Sevilla, Boston River and Crotone respectively, and Bordalas may need to dip into the free transfer and loan market to bring in some much needed depth.
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