Getafe set sights high for rest of season

Getafe striker Ciprian Marica believes the team should aim high for the remainder of the season and set their sights on a place in the Europa League.


Luis Garcia's side, who travel to Almeria on Sunday, are now nine points adrift of the European places following a run of five league matches without a win, but they ended a four-game losing streak by getting a 2-2 draw with Real Sociedad in their last game, coming back from two goals down.

"I think that with all the players we have, Getafe can qualify for Europe," the Romanian told reporters.

"We've shown that we can do it and if we play as a team and not as individuals, we can do it.

"Getafe have enough quality to play on the international stage," he added.

"I cannot look back. That's why, at Almeria we're going to play with the same enthusiasm and intensity as always. I think we can get points there."

Almeria are 17th, one place and three points outside the Primera Division relegation zone.

Almeria have undergone a change in personnel in goal, with Oscar Ustari agreeing to terminate his contract with the club in order to move to Premier League side Sunderland. His place in the squad has been taken by Julian Cuesta, who has joined on loan until the end of the season from Sevilla.

At his presentation, the 22-year-old defined himself as "a very tall goalkeeper, with similar characteristics to (Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut) Courtois, and very hard-working".

He pledged to learn from veteran goalkeeper Esteban, the club's first-choice stopper, but added: "I have come here to compete with him."

On-loan striker Rodri is set to miss out for the hosts with discomfort in his left ankle while midfielder Hans Martinez may return to the squad following a calf problem. Defender Nelson looks set to miss out again with a hamstring strain.

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