After Ajax’s elimination at the hands of Getafe in the Europa League last season, the paths of Sergino Dest and Jose Bordalas are set to cross once again in Barcelona’s game against the Madrid-based side on Saturday.
In the tie between the Dutch team and the LaLiga Santander side in the European competition’s Round of 32, Bordalas and Ajax coach Erik ten Hag put on display two completely opposite styles into play.
The former’s tactics turned out to be much more effective than those from the Dutchman, something that didn’t sit well in Ajax’s dressing room and Dest was one of those players who voiced his frustration.
The new Barcelona signing will make his debut this Saturday as a starter on the left-hand side following Jordi Alba’s absence due to injury.
Last year, Dest did not hesitate in expressing his emotions after the first game between the two teams at the Estadio Coliseum, criticizing both the referee and Getafe’s game plan.
“I can’t understand how the referee whistled for a foul every time they fell to the ground,” declared Dest. “He fell for their game, it’s sad. This has never happened to me before.”
Little did Dest imagine that fate would give him the opportunity to take revenge for his former team, this time donning Barcelona colours in a game against Getafe.
On Saturday, the Barcelona full-back will face some old foes in Getafe’s Allan Nyom and Damian Suarez. These two were the players that irritated their Ajax counterparts the most in last year’s tie and made Dest despair over the 90 minutes.
The former Ajax man landed at the Camp Nou in the final stretch of the summer transfer window, joining Barcelona to replace Nelson Semedo who joined Wolverhampton Wanderers.
His versatility will allow Ronald Koeman to place him at left-back in the game against Getafe, as he did in the 1-1 draw with Sevilla when Dest came off the bench to replace the injured Alba.