Getafe Season Preview 2020/21 – Another European push at the Coliseum?

Getafe season preview

Getafe have set the bar very high in recent years with three straight top eight finishes since returning to the top flight in 2017. Many suspected José Bordalás would move on this summer but the Getafe boss remains at the helm and will expect his team to mount another strong challenge for European qualification. Read on for our 2020/21 Getafe season preview.


Last Season – 8th

Overall, Getafe’s 2019/20 campaign was still a very good one and having had a bit of time to reflect on it, they’ve no reason not to be proud of what they achieved. They were very competitive in LaLiga, at one stage again getting themselves into an unlikely battle for Champions League qualification. They also enjoyed a strong European campaign with a famous win over two legs against a talented Ajax side the highlight.

However it was a campaign that did end on something of a sour note. Getafe weren’t quite the same side following the restart, winning just 1 of their 12 games in all competitions post-lockdown. A whole host of VAR decisions went against them in their final game of the league season at Levante, with a 1-0 defeat meaning they missed out on European football by just two points. A 2-0 defeat to Inter in the Europa League a few weeks later formally brought their season to an end.


Getafe Summer Transfers

Players IN

Marc Cucurella | from Barcelona | €10m

Enes Ünal | from Villarreal | €9m

Cucho Hernandez | from Watford | LOAN

Dario Poveda | from Atletico Madrid | LOAN

Ante Palaversa | from Manchester City | LOAN

Players OUT

Iván Alejo | to Cadiz | €2m

Raúl Carnero | to Real Valladolid | Undisclosed

Vitorino Antunes | to Sporting Lisbon | FREE

Zou Feddal | to Sporting Lisbon | €3m

Jorge Molina | to Granada | FREE

Hugo Duro | to Real Madrid Castilla | LOAN

(Transfers up to 3rd September 2020.)


Coach – José Bordalás

José Bordalás may not be the most popular man in Spanish football, but pound for pound, he has been one of the most successful over the past few years. The job he has done with this Getafe side continues to be underrated and with three straight strong top flight seasons under their belts now, he has turned Geta into an established force in this league and one that should be in the shake-up for Europa League qualification again.

While unquestionably they are a physical side and one that pushes the law to the very limit at times, his side does play more football than they get credit for. Their summer recruitment has added a bit more technical quality too and with target man Jorge Molina departing, it’ll be interesting to see if we do see something of a stylistic shift this term.


Possible Getafe Line Up 2020/21

Getafe line up 2020/21

We are unlikely to see Getafe shift from their usual 4-4-2 this season. Defensively little has changed with David Soria still in goal while their back four should have a familiar feel to it with captain Djené Dakonam spearheading the defensive effort.

José Bordalás does have plenty of options in the full-back positions and often plays four of them with Marc Cucurella and Allan Nyom frequently utilised in the wide midfield roles. The former has joined the club from Barcelona on a permanent deal this summer having impressed on loan at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez last season.

The first choice central midfield pairing is again likely to be Nemanja Maksimović and Mauro Arambarri. Getafe certainly don’t have the most creative midfield in LaLiga but everybody knows their roles and they do a good job of protecting the back four, a major reason why Geta have conceded less than a goal per game on average, in all three LaLiga seasons since their return to the Primera in 2017.

Up front is where we will see a slightly new-look Getafe with something of a generational shift taking place. Veteran forward Jorge Molina leaves the club with his legendary status undisputed, but at 38 years old and having failed to score in all but one game in 2020, the time was perhaps right to bring in some fresh blood up front. That comes in the form of Enes Ünal and Cucho Hernández, who will be pushing the more experienced Jaime Mata and Angel Rodriguez for starting roles this term.


Key Man – Djené Dakonam

Djené wasn’t quite as impressive in 2019/20 as he had been the previous season. However he is still very much the defensive leader for Getafe and even after losing his central defensive partner Leandro Cabrera in January, his presence is clearly vital to Geta’s efforts to keep the ball out of their own net.

The powerful defender had previously been strongly linked with a move to the Premier League but interest appears to have cooled and the Togolese international looks set to continue at Getafe for another year which is a major boost for José Bordalás as they approach the new season.


One to Watch – Cucho Hernández

One man to watch this season in the blue colours of Getafe will be Cucho Hernández. He has shown flashes of his immense potential on loan at Huesca and Mallorca over the past two seasons. The Colombian has a lot of natural assets but is yet to really play in a competitive team which makes this move a good one for him.

It’s a bit of a shame Getafe didn’t manage to sneak into Europe as with fewer cup commitments, Cucho Hernández may struggle to see much game-time initially but it feels as though he’s a player who sooner or later is going to have a really big season in this league. If he can get off to a strong start at Getafe, he’s quite capable of forcing his way into José Bordalás’ starting XI and we may even see him used out wide at times.


Getafe 2020/21 Targets

Expectation levels have certainly been raised in this part of South Madrid by everything Getafe have achieved over the past few seasons. It’s not going to be easy to keep on competing at the top end of LaLiga on their budget but with a starting eleven that should be very similar to that of last season and fewer cup distractions, there’s no reason why Geta won’t be battling for Europa League football again.

If there is a criticism to be levelled at Getafe, it is that they’ve got themselves in really strong league positions but faded a bit towards the end of the last two seasons. That may play on a few minds as we get towards the business end of the 2020/21 campaign.

With the likes of Villarreal, Sevilla and Real Sociedad all looking relatively strong, Geta may just miss out on Europa League qualification again this term.

LLE Prediction: 8th


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