Getafe boss Luis Garcia is hoping his team can be as competitive as last season, despite the loss of several key players.
The Madrid-based club have brought just one new face to the Coliseum Alfonso Perez during the close season, while Mane, Xavi Torres, Miguel Torres, Abdel Barrada, Paco Alcacer and Hugo Fraile have all departed.
“Some people think we have a worse squad than last term. Barrada was very important to us but maybe this could be [Pablo] Sarabia’s year. It’s a very important time for him after Barrada’s exit.
“We’ve seen teams go down that have fought to be in the Champions League, but ultimately the main objective is to beat Real Sociedad this weekend,” Garcia told a Press conference.
El Geta finished a creditable 10th in the 2012-13 campaign and former Levante boss Garcia sees no reason why his players cannot improve on that.
“The general aim? Why can’t we do better than last year? But I repeat, the main objective is to win in San Sebastian.
“At the moment we maybe lack a little bit of competitiveness. I want to win, but if we can manage a draw against La Real then it wouldn’t be a bad result.
“Although we won all our pre-season games it will have no bearing on what happens at Anoeta. They are a team that hopefully will be playing in the Champions League.
“It will be very difficult for us but we are going there with the intention of winning and I know we’ve lost important players.
“However, that’s football, although there are still another two weeks of the transfer window left and I wouldn’t rule out another player coming in or somebody else leaving,” he asserted.