Getafe boss Jose Bordalas is aware of the competitive threat that Jose Luis Mendilibar’s Eibar side have – heading into Friday night’s La Liga fixture.
The opening match of Jornada two in La Liga sees Getafe welcome Eibar to Madrid on Friday evening with both sides aiming to bounce back from opening day defeats.
Getafe were given the daunting task of starting the season away at Real Madrid, but to their credit they more than held their own in the Bernabeu, only going down 2-0.
Visitors Eibar on the other hand suffered a shock defeat at home to league debutants Huesca with an Alex Gallar double helping them to a 2-1 win at Ipurua.
What has Bordalas had to say leading up to the game:
“They will approach the game similar to last season and we now they are competitive, ” he told reporters.
“Eibar come from a home defeat and will want to get a good result. Mendilibar’s teams are very competitive, but so are we, we need points and I think there will be a lot of equality.
“We have had a few days to prepare for this game, but after a defeat we are very excited to bounce back.
“You have to give a lot of importance to playing at home, the teams win and lose the leagues in their field, it is essential to become strong at home, the team is in a process with many new players and it is not easy to adapt to the team and the category. Second players have come, maybe it will cost us a bit, but we are excited to start at home well and achieve victory, “he said.
Alejo reunion adds to tie
This match represents a quick reunion with old teammates for Getafe winger Ivan Alejo, the 23-year old having left the Basques in the summer. He made his debut for the Madrid side as a second half substitute in that loss to Real and will be hoping to get a start this time against his former club.
Last year’s two meetings were far from entertaining, with just one goal scored in the two games, Getafe’s Mathias Olivera scoring the winner at Ipurua after a 0-0 draw in the first clash.