Contra: It’s been a very tough road since I came here as manager
Getafe manager Cosmin Contra was a relieved man after his side managed to secure victory away at Rayo Vallecano on the final day of the season, ensuring that once and for all, they will remain in the Primera next season.
A draw would have been enough to save Getafe from relegation, but they went one better at Rayo Vallecano and won what was a very tense encounter, thanks to an injury time penalty from Ciprian Marica.
Following the game, Cosmin Contra gave his thoughts about the game, admitting that his team had been nervous to begin with, but eventually showed their determination to keep themselves in the Primera.
“We had to suffer right to the last minute. I have to congratulate the players. We started a little badly because of the pressure of our needs from the game, but in the last fifteen minutes of the first half, our need to stay in the Primera came through for us. We were capable of suffering at the back and in the end on the counter, we’ve shown how to kill the game.”
Contra also believes that Getafe fully deserve to have avoided relegation, given their final run of positive form.
“It’s been a very tough road since I came here as manager. The players have responded very well. We justifiably deserve to stay in the Primera. In our recent games, we’ve achieved eleven points out of a possible fifteen.”
As for what he plans ahead of what will be Getafe’s 11th consecutive season in the Primera, Contra simply explained that he hasn’t had chance to give it thought just yet.
“Now we’ll enjoy a few days off and after that, get back to work. I’ve not had time yet to work anything out about pre-season and we haven’t talked about transfers. It hasn’t worried me. All I’ve worried about is saving the team.”