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Mendilibar focused on bouncing back against Getafe

Mendilibar focused on bouncing back against Getafe

Eibar boss Jose Luis Mendilibar is looking to bounce back following an opening day defeat with a win over Getafe on Friday evening.

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.

So, what are Mendilibar’s comments ahead of the tie

“It is a game that comes after losing at home. The objective will be to win, but it will be another ask to do it,” he told reporters. “Because they will also try do beat us and we have to things well.

“We will not take steps back though, we must change our style to suit them, because we are used to how we play.

“We have to do what we know. High pressure, possession and draw our opponents out – all the things we did not do against Huesca.”

“It is a game after losing at home. The objective will be to win, but another topic will be to do it, because they will also do it. We have to do things well. It is paramount, “he said.

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.

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A return for Pedro Leon?

Eibar will once again be without Marc Cardona who is yet to make his debut with Pedro Leon also out through injury and Mendilibar has provided an update on the latters fitness, saying the former Real Madrid man will not feature.

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.