- Deolu Akingbade
Getafe CF 2021 Analysis
What Can The Azulones Expect From The 2021/22 Season?
Resting at the nineteenth place, just above last-place Levante, Getafe stares relegation dead in the eyes. Their paltry ten points mean they’ll need to show their class in the latter half of the season. Their collapse is surprising, as they finished fifth four seasons ago. It’s astonishing how swift Getafe has turned into bottom-feeders and how recently they were LaLiga contenders.
Their unfortunate campaign may be due to their sputtering offense, having scored only ten goals. That amount is the lowest in LaLiga. How can Getafe fix this? Read more to learn about their current campaign, the tactics, and the players Getafe has.
David Soria is usually the goalkeeper for Getafe. Soria is worth 9.9 million dollars. The 28-year-old ranks tenth in total saves(Soria has made 33 saves) and has only conceded nineteen goals. His backup, Ruben Yanez, started in Getafe’s 5-1 rout of Mollerussa.
Defensively, Getafe is solid. Togolese center-back and captain Djene helps lead the Azulones’ backline with Mathias Olivera and Jorge Cuenca. Serbian defensive midfielder Nemanja Maksimovic and Benfica loanee Florentino are also involved in preventing goals. Their defense is pedestrian in both goals allowed and xG allowed. It means that their offense is to blame for their egregious results.
Midfielders Mauro Arambarri and Carles Alena help set the tempo and provide chances to the attackers. Arambarri and Alena, worth 22 million dollars and 16.5 million dollars respectively, have four assists together.
Their primary attackers include Turkish striker Enes Unal, who has scored four goals. Sandro Ramirez, who has scored twice, and Mexican prospect Jose Macias are also involved in the mix. These three will be instrumental in Getafe’s success in the winter and throughout the whole LaLiga season. Getafe will also need this trio(and more) for the Copa del Rey campaign.
Under prior manager Jose Bordalas, Getafe stunned richer and more famous sides with their intense, pressing-based 4-4-2. Bordalas instructed his side to stay compact and force their opponents away from the middle. Bordalas’ Getafe was very high-octane and pressured teams from start to finish.
Getafe will likely stick to Bordalas’ formation under new manager Quique Setien. Although their playstyle helps clamp down on high-octane squads, it sacrifices attacking creativity and goals. That is why Getafe will need a very good forward in Setien’s team.
Espanyol faced Getafe five games ago. Enes Unal net a brace in Getafe’s 2-1 triumph. Unal’s incredible 31st-minute goal gave Getafe the lead, but they soon squandered it with Sergi Gomez’s score. However, Unal rescued Getafe with a second-half volley to earn three points. Unal’s man-of-the-match performance gave Getafe its first victory. Getafe logged seven shots on target and completed over 300 passes.
They then traveled to the Estadio de la Ceramica to face Villarreal in a close match. Getafe suffered yet another loss at the hands of Manu Trigueros’ 10th-minute score. Getafe only shot at the goal twice and held a paltry 32% of the possession. Villarreal CF dominated the game, as many would expect.
At home in the Stadium Alfonso Perez, Getafe dominated against eighteenth-place Cadiz. They scored four times against a failing Cadiz side. Mathias Olivera headed in a score, Jorge Cuenca and Enes Unal did the same, and Jaime Mata scored a stunning volley in stoppage time to round out a remarkable rout. The 4-0 demolition saw Getafe earn their second LaLiga win.
Mallorca, currently twelfth-place in LaLiga, was next up on Getafe’s schedule. The scoreless draw saw Mallorca come within inches of taking home three points, but a mixture of grittiness from Getafe and misfortune for Mallorca saw each side share the spoils. Mallorca had two shots on target to Getafe’s none, and they drew a whopping nineteen fouls. On the positive side, Getafe had .8 xG to Mallorca’s .4.
The last game Getafe has played was their Copa del Rey clash against sixth-division side Mollerussa. Getafe thoroughly dominated the minnows, knocking five goals past a stunned and starstruck side. Although they were shocked by Mollerussa’s fourth-minute score, Jaime Mata netted a hat-trick to take back the lead. Sandro Ramirez and Dario Poveda scored in the second half to make it five for the visitors. However, the massive victory became a pyrrhic win: Jose Macias injured himself during the action.
LOOK FOR THE WINTER
This winter will be crucial to Getafe’s quest to stay in LaLiga. While attempting to mount a comeback out of the red, the front office needs to acquire new talents. Getafe needs an agile striker that can profit off of their quick counter-attacks. Getting a target forward will also be in their best interests. Getafe plays a lot of long balls and crosses. Having someone who can contest with defenders for headers will help Getafe in their campaign.
Getafe has the potential to climb out of the relegation zone, but if Getafe plays like this through May, you can write them in as relegation candidates.
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