Contra: In the end, all that matters is the result, not possession
Getafe manager Cosmin Contra doesn’t expect any favours from Rayo Vallecano this Sunday, as his own team seek to secure their permanence in the Primera. He’s not worried about the battle for possession however, indicating that it’s goals and the result that matter most, not how long his team can keep control of the ball.
At his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon, Getafe manager Cosmin Contra noted that his team have their destiny in the Primera firmly in their own hands, with just a draw enough to secure their permanence, but warned that it won’t be an easy ride for them at Vallecas on Sunday.
“We’re facing a game with lots of tension and we’re playing to stay in the Primera. We know what awaits us. The team has trained very well this week, plus our form has been good recently, eight out of the last twelve points taken with two wins at home, two draws away and three games without conceding any goals. This has given us the chance of depending on ourselves. The lads have done a phenomenal job, but we still haven’t achieved anything yet. We still have a very difficult ninety minutes ahead of us.”
Contra was effusive in his praise for what Paco Jémez has achieved at neighbouring Rayo Vallecano, aware that his team will face a stiff test of their resolve.
“We’re going to a tough place to visit, to play against a difficult team who have had a spectacular second half to the season. They’re the third best team in Madrid right now. For that, we have to congratulate them, as they’ve saved themselves with about three games to go. They’ve done phenomenally well and I must congratulate Paco Jémez for his work. He’s a manager I really admire, because Rayo are a team who play very good football and he’s had another good year there.”
Given it’s a Madrid derby and with the firm belief that Rayo will be keen to win in front of their home fans, Contra is under no illusions or expecting any favours from their opponents, keen to stress that Getafe must earn the final points they need.
“At their place they go out to win every game. Professionals that they are, they’re going to be going out there to win this game too. We’ve got more to play for though and we have to show the most intensity, knowing both the virtues and defects of Rayo. We’ll can’t afford to make any mistakes.”
Rayo have been widely praised for their good football and strong possession, but as far as Contra is concerned, none of that matters when the final whistle blows. All he wants is goals and the result his team needs.
“In the end, all that matters is the result. In the Champions League semi-finals between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, possession of the ball didn’t count for anything. All that matters is scoring goals. If you don’t score goals, you lose. That’s all that matters.”