January 19, 2013
Garcia bemoans ban
Team Stat Comparison
|Goals for *||1.3||0.9|
|Goals against *||1.2||1.7|
|Last 5 home||L-L-W-L-D||W-L-W-L-W|
|Last 5 away||L-L-L-L-D||L-D-D-D-L|
|* Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club|
|Stats: Getafe | Sevilla FC|
Getafe boss Luis Garcia has criticised the Spanish Competition Committee for the harsh punishments they have handed out to managers across the league this season.
Garcia will be banned from the touchline for the next two games after being sent from the sidelines for entering the pitch to protest at the award of a penalty for Granada in stoppage time during his side's 2-2 draw with the Andalusians on Monday night.
He believes the punishment is excessive and told Marca: "For the managers - not just me but to everyone - they are grating us with these extremely hard and difficult measures.
"Those that follow me know that I am very respectful with my declarations and with my behaviour. In such a delicate moment I don't understand how a manager is suspended for two games for something that happened in the 92nd minute and came from a dubious penalty.''
Garcia is also unsure how much Unai Emery's appointment as the new Sevilla manager will have on the game, given the former Valencia boss has had so little time to work with his players.
"Although they played yesterday in the cup against Zaragoza, we haven't seen what Unai wants to transmit,'' he said.
"Yesterday he gave more solidity to the team and they will look to be more intense, more aggressive in defence and difficult for the opponent. I think against us they are going to play practically the same.''
The hosts will again be without the creative talents of Angel Lafita, Pedro Leon and Abdel Barrada due to injury and international commitments respectively, but Miguel Torres does return from suspension so Alexis will be able to move from left-back to his more familiar role in the centre of defence.
Emery, meanwhile, was quietly optimistic after drawing 0-0 with Zaragoza in his first outing since returning to Spanish football early in the week and believes his players need to relax a little if they are to reach their potential.
He told Marca: "We need to amplify the situations that give us confidence so that the team plays more loosely, but we have generated chances to win.
"I am left with the positive aspects, of which there were plenty, and with the idea of improving certain aspects and I think that we can do that.''
Emery will have to do without regular left-back Fernando Navarro as he is suspended, whilst Jose Campana and Diego Perotti have joined Piotr Trochowski on the sidelines through injury.