Getafe head coach Jose Bordalas insists his side’s season will not be a failure if they don’t qualify for the Champions League next season.
Los Azulones (the Deep Blues) have been one of the feel-good stories this season in La Liga and they have the chance to qualify for the elite European competition next term as they go into the final day of the season sitting fifth, level with fourth-placed Valencia on 58 points.
Getafe face Villarreal at home and need to better Los Che’s result at Real Valladolid to create history for the Madrid-based side.
Asked if it would all be a waste if they don’t get into the Champions League, Bordalas said ahead of Saturday’s game: “No, not a waste at all. We just need to enjoy this amazing season.”
Atletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata has urged the fans to treat the outgoing Antoine Griezmann with respect.
With controversy surrounding the Frenchman’s departure stemming from the rumour that he could join La Liga rivals Barcelona, Griezmann could be at the end of some reactionary criticism.
But Morata believes his team-mate deserves nothing but respect and praise for everything he has achieved with the club.
“It’s a decision that we have to respect, we have to thank him for what he’s done for this club, which is a lot, and we respect his decision,” said the on-loan Chelsea striker.
“We wish he could have stayed, but he’s taken that decision. We are finishing the season, but we have the same excitement for next season.”
The striker also promised that he would do his best to fill the void left by the Frenchman.
“Change is always difficult, but we are working to make a competitive team and fight for it all next season,” Morata said.
“We are very motivated in the dressing room for the future, it’s very important.”
Most reports have linked Griezmann to a move to Barcelona, but Morata claimed that he has no idea about where the World Cup winner is headed next. Regardless, he believes that Griezmann deserves respect from Atletico fans after everything he has done for the club.
“Everyone found out [he was leaving] in their own way, it depends on the relationship we have with him,” he said.
According to reports in Spain, Griezmann is close to signing a five-year pre-contract with Barcelona, who are ready to pay the €125 million release clause in the French forward’s contract.
Griezmann, 28, appeared likely to make the switch to the Camp Nou last summer, only to make a dramatic U-turn and stay with Los Rojiblancos. He signed a new five-year deal at the Wanda Metropolitano but now appears close to the exit. Atleti tweeted late on Monday night: “@AntoGriezmann has informed the club that he will not continue as rojiblanco next season.”
That was quickly followed by a video message from the 2018 World Cup-winner in which he said: “It has been five incredible years, thank you very much for everything, I carry you in my heart.”
Griezmann signed for Atletico from Real Sociedad for €27m in 2104 and has gone on to be one of the most sought after players in world football in recent years.
Griezmann has won the Europa League and Spanish Cup with Atleti as well as the World Cup with France last summer, and has scored 133 goals in 256 games in the red and white stripes of Atleti.