Focus on the 5 players that might give Barça a hard time on the weekend
In a difficult position in La Liga, Getafe will need points against Barça on the weekend, as Luis Enrique pointed out. 16th in the table, only 1 point above the relegation zone and 3 points above 19th Sporting, Fran Escribá's team is not looking good at the moment. They haven't won a single game since the 17th of January and a win against Espanyol. Since then, they've had 7 losses and a draw, last week against Sevilla. A small glimpse of hope, the end of a very bad streak and the start of an operation 'salvation'. Unfortunately for the Madrid-based club, they will have to face the most unstoppable team in Europe, Barça. Although the game looks one-way on paper, it will be a tough one for Luis Enrique and his men, given Getafe's situation, close to desperate. Besides, Getafe have some talented players in their roster, that the Blaugranas will have to watch to ensure a 37th game unbeaten, and keep their 8-point gap on Atlético. Here are 5 Getafe players to watch:
Vicente Guaita - 29 years old - Goalkeeper
If Getafe is far from being the worst defense in La Liga (14th with 45 goals against), it is mainly because of this man. Former Valencia's goalkeeper, Vicente Guaita is one of the safe options when it comes to choosing a Spanish goalie. With European and top-flight experience, he is a very precious asset for Getafe, now involved in a long and painful fight against relegation. He played the whole of the 28 games in La Liga this season, and will probably be slightly tough to beat for the Trident.
Pedro León - 29 years old - Midfielder
Probably one of the best known names, if not the best, of Getafe's squad. Pedro León is one of those many talented players that have been in Real Madrid without ever getting the opportunity to settle and embrace a more prestigious career. Not resentful nor impervious, he still gives his best for Getafe, that he joined in 2011 on loan, after a very difficult 2010/11 season, in which he only cumulated 130 minutes. He wasn't Mourinho's first choice, far from it, but he became one of Luis García's main men, remaining in the same position as several coaches took the team. He is still important in Fran Escribá's squad, even though he hasn't started as much as during the previous season. His experience of the high level and his technical abilities are a plus to Getafe's midfield. To be confirmed on the weekend.
Víctor Rodríguez - 26 years old - Attacking midfielder
He played for FC Barcelona in the past, as well as with Zaragoza and Elche before going on loan to Getafe this season. 27 Liga matches, 2 goals and 3 assists. These are the data of this fast and small midfielder, who is trusted by the coach and will hardly come back to Elche at the end of the season if they don't come back to First Division. He brings speed and skill in Getafe's attacking situations. Due to injuries of some of his mates, this Saturday Víctor might play in a more defensive position.