The Spanish manager believes it is the Catalans rather than his side that fight to play attractive soccer.

Jose Bordalas has struck back at Frenkie de Jong over his criticism of Getafe’s style of play, saying he had no interest in playing like Barcelona.

Getafe allegedly used De Jong’s criticism as inspiration to stun the midfielder’s former team Ajax at the Europa League last 32.

However, Bordalas responded by criticizing Barcelona, who edged Getafe 2-1 when the teams met in La Liga last month.

The Spaniard said he had no desire to see his side play like Barca, with goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has played 69 moves — the fourth most on the pitch — because battle.

“When we played against Barca, his goalkeeper gave 69 passes,” Getafe coach Bordalas told Radio Marca on Thursday.

“I don’t need my goalkeeper to give 69 passes, something we wouldn’t be doing well.

“I wish to create goalscoring chances.”

Getafe will confront Inter in the last 16 of the Europa League, while they’re fourth in La Liga, 10 points behind second-placed Barcelona.

De Jong’s criticism of Getafe’s style of play came after viewing them defeat his former team Ajax in the first leg of the round of 32 Europa League ties.

“The game between Getafe and Ajax was painful for me personally, especially bothersome,” De Jong told NOS Sport last month.

“Getafe does not play to amuse the public, I believe it is annoying to watch their matches.”

The Spaniards won the first leg 2-0 on home soil before falling into a 2-1 loss in the second leg a week later – an outcome that guaranteed they progressed on aggregate.

Getafe’s home clash against Inter could be played behind closed doors as a result of coronavirus, the possibility fans are strongly opposing.

“It’s taken a lot for us to make it this far in European competition and this is a historical match for Getafe,” Getafe lovers were quoted by Marca.

“We do not want this game to remember as the one that was played behind closed doors.”

Inter are set to host the first leg on March 12 with the game to be played behind closed doors in Milan since Italy continues to battle against the virus.