Los Nervionenses will aim to stake a claim for a top four spot by defeating los Azulones...
In the rather congested race for third and fourth spots in the Primera Division, Gregorio Manzano’s Sevilla side find themselves trailing the likes of Villarreal, Espanyol, Valencia and Atletico Madrid, but they can temporarily move into the golden positions if they can overcome Getafe at home on Saturday.
Of course, former Mallorca coach Manzano is not entirely responsible for los Nervionenses’ current position in the top flight. He was appointed to the chief role at the Andalucian club in late September, though in his two months in charge he has failed to totally iron out the somewhat erratic performances of the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan outfit.
Last weekend they were expected to overcome els Barralets at home, but against his former employers Manzano would be thwarted, going down 2-1 due to a last minute strike from Pierre Webo. “I do not know what happened,” Luis Fabiano confessed to the Diario de Sevilla. “We showed a lack of concentration and we paid for it. I don't know whether it was the team or me, but I felt a little more tired than in other games, and we worked less well than in other matches.
“We must now get our heads down, because we have many games coming up. We must prepare for the match against Getafe.”
Meanwhile, president Jose Maria del Nido is still raging at the recently agreed television deal that is weighted heavily in favour of Barcelona and Real Madrid, claiming that La Liga is no longer competitive.
Don’t Look Down
After the joy of qualifying for the Europa League last season, reality is starting to bite capital side Getafe, who have found the increased load of games tough to deal with, slumping to a mid-table position, only four points ahead of the drop zone.
Head coach Michel has come under some pressure as a result and there was even talk last weekend that he could be dismissed if his side failed to find a way to overcome bottom of the table Zaragoza. Though el Geta largely dominated the match, which they played against 10 men for a significant portion, they had to rally from behind to earn a 1-1 draw.
“This result is extremely unfair. We have owned the ball and created the best chances,” Daniel Pareja lamented to the media after the match.
Manu was of a similar mindset, explaining: “Clearly we are not happy. We wanted to get the three points against a direct rival, but it was not to be. Now is not the time to look downwards, we need to keep our heads high.”
Boasting just four points from six matches on their travels, Saturday’s trip to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan cannot be expected to yield any points.
Luis Fabiano faces a spell on the sidelines because of a muscular problem; he will probably be absent for three weeks. Lautaro Acosta will miss around 10 days due to a stomach issue, while Federico Fazio is undergoing tests to a tendon in his leg.
Diego Capel has stepped up his training this week, while Ivica Dragutinovic is training alone.
Jesus Navas and Tiberio Guarente are still issues.
El Geta suffered a blow on Thursday, when it was revealed that Javier Arizmendi will be absent for the next fortnight. On the same day, Javier Casquero retired from training early with muscle problems but he seems ready to play.
Victor Sanchez has been suffering from a hamstring problem but should be in the squad, while Mario is a long term problem.
Rafa is suspended.