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Luis García: Málaga game defines our season

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By David Redshaw

Saturday 03 March 2012

Getafe boss Luis García said at a Press conference on Friday that he believes this weekend’s game with Málaga at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez could be the defining moment of the season for the Madrid-based club.

Los Azulones currently sit just five points clear of the relegation zone but crucially are the same number away from the European places, so the visit of the Andalusians could assume vital importance as to whether Getafe become involved in a struggle for survival or an assault on the top six.

“If we win it takes us far enough away from the drop zone,” said García. “At the top it is congested and victory will be very important. The league lasts a long time but our bad start has weighed us down.”

Getafe’s home form this campaign has been good - four wins, five draws and two defeats - and despite goals having been hard to come by, with just 10 scored, the eight conceded is only bettered by Barcelona. Rayo Vallecano and Real Madrid are the only teams to have beaten Getafe at home in the league but Málaga won there in early December in the Copa del Rey, Juanmi’s late strike enough to give Manuel Pellegrini’s men a first-leg advantage.

“The cup match was very equal and the league game at La Rosaleda the same, but this will be the most important clash of the year,” insisted García. “It marks our future and the players are conscious of that. We have 29 points and to get to 32 after having been bottom of the table is important. It would put us in a good position to achieve safety.

“Málaga have very good individual players, such as Cazorla and Isco, alongside the experience of Demichelis and Toulalan married to the physicality of Rondón. It is a team that should be at the top. But we have shown that to beat us they will need to play very well,” he concluded.

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