Plaza: Getafe could have won

Luis Garcia Plaza regretted Getafe’s poor finishing, but says defeat to Levante was unjust because they had ‘three shots all game, all outside the area’.

The Madrid side today fell at home to their Valencian counterparts thanks to a late strike from Michel.

“The team has had good phases and bad phases. They [Levante] had one shot in the first half, another from Pedro Rios and then the genius of Michel,” rued the Coach afterwards.

“We had chances ourselves, but we did not take full advantage of them. We lacked a bit of spark. It seemed likely to end in a draw, but eventually they found the goal.

“In the first half we were flat, then we did well towards the end of it and in the second we did well for another 20 minutes. We could have drawn or even won, but in the end we lost.”

Dating back to last season, it is now four defeats from four lunchtime kick-offs for Getafe.

“It’s hard to explain, it is somewhat difficult. Why do we always win on a Monday? This is hard to explain.

“We must seize the moment, play well in our games. The key is we have been good at times but found it difficult to open the scoring. They were hoping to nick one. It is unjust, but the overall result is what it is.

“Today was tricky because Levante closed their defence for long periods. It was not very practical. We pushed forward with extra attackers and were looking to score.

“It was a difficult situation, we have not been worse than Levante. We lacked depth in certain phases of the game. They had three shots all game, all outside the area, we had done well.”

Plaza looked to suggest that the result is more a symptom of the level playing field that La Liga represents.

“We could have had 13 points and taken a step forward. Everyone now remains within touching distance. This League will continue to remain equal.

“Malaga had to work hard to beat Valladolid, Deportivo almost beat Barcelona. It is very even. There are teams that go from being up to down.”

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