Garcia: Getafe must be ambitious

Getafe Coach Luis Garcia Plaza says his team are too good to focus purely on avoiding relegation, ahead of their visit to Celta Vigo.

The Azulones finished 11th in La Liga last season and have made a strong start to the new campaign, picking up four points from their first four games despite having to play Sevilla, Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Garcia Plaza acknowledges that Real, Barca, Sevilla, Malaga, Valencia, Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao are a cut above, but believes Getafe can be the best of the rest.

“I think we have to be more than a team that fights for survival,” the former Levante boss said in his pre-match press conference.

“Last year Getafe was not a team that struggled against relegation, but a team that fought for something more. We are behind those seven but we have to try and give something else.

“I am satisfied with four points. You always want more, but I have good feelings about the four games.”

Garcia Plaza admires the team Celta counterpart Paco Herrera has built.

“Celta are dynamic team who play well and want to have the ball. They have fast players and have been together for three years. That makes them believe in what they do.

“Particular attention should be paid to Iago Aspas.”

Turning to his own side, the tactician singled out young Moroccan Abdel Barrada for praise.

“This year he is playing well, scoring two goals in four games and doing great against Sevilla. Last year his statistics were less of what I wanted from him. He has to give more, to finish the season with eight or 10 goals.

“With Abdel I have a special relationship. He is a very important player at this club for what he represents, a youth player that made the first eleven. That had never happened before, it marks a special moment for Getafe.”
 

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