Getafe coach Juan Eduardo Esnaider expressed his disappointment as his team is relegated from top flight Spanish football this past weekend.
Getafe were regulated on Sunday evening to Segunda Division after failing to win over Real Betis, while Sporting Gijon defeated Villarreal by a score of 2-0.
After the defeat, Getafe coach Eduardo Esnaider bitterly noted that Villarreal coach Marcelino will be happy about the overall relegation outcome. The Villarreal boss is a former player and coach of Sporting and had repeatedly stated before the game that he wished for the Asturians to avoid regulation, with the Yellow Submarine having nothing to play for. The coach said:
“He’ll [Marcelino] be happy.”
The Argentine was also critical of his own side, not solely blaming Villarreal for Getafe’s relegation.
“We weren’t good at all and that includes myself. I am the main person responsible for resolving the situation. Now we have to forget this and think of what comes next.”
Despite not being able to avoid this fate, Esnaider, who took over at Getafe just some weeks ago from Fran Escriba, has been impressed by his players. He said:
“I am satisfied with what I’ve got from the team and the attitude from the players today, despite the fact that we didn’t play well. It is extraordinary what I have received in these past weeks.”
Getafe join Rayo Vallecano in relegation leaving the city of Madrid with only two teams left in the La Liga. Getafe, Asturias side Sporting Gijon and Rayo were all fighting for survival on the final round of games at the revered league, with only one of the three able to avoid the drop.
Sporting secured survival by beating Villarreal. This brings Getafe’s 12-year spell in the Primera Division to an end.