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Getafe 0-1 Real Madrid: Match Review

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For seven straight matchdays, Real Madrid held onto the number one spot on the La Liga standings. The men in white just could not be taken down and refused to drop points.

That all changed when Carlo Ancelotti’s side took on Osasuna at home last weekend and fell to a tame 1-1 draw. Their underwhelming result saw them fall to second place behind Barcelona and added pressure on them to secure a win against Getafe.

The manager started Andriy Lunin in goal behind a centre-half combination of David Alaba and Eder Militao. Antonio Rudiger started at left-back with Daniel Carvajal playing as a right-back. Luka Modric joined Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga in midfield while Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo spearheaded the attack with Federico Valverde.

The game got off to a perfect start for the visitors as they got an early lead through Eder Militao. In just the third minute, the Brazilian got onto the end of Modric’s corner and headed past a helpless David Soria.

Los Blancos then enjoyed the lion’s share of possession for most of the first half and comfortably rode on their early lead. With the pressure on the hosts, it was the ideal situation for Real Madrid.

Getafe came close to equalising in the 22nd minute when Tchouameni easily lost the ball to Carles Alena in his own area. Fabricio Angileri had the chance at his feet but put the ball wide.

Late in the first half, Vinicius Jr was taken down in the Getafe box by Luis Milla. The foul was blatant and the referee pointed to the spot. However, a VAR review revealed that the ball had gone out of play in the sequence of events leading up to the incident, forcing the referee to change his decision.

Los Blancos had the first big chance of the second half when Rodrygo, Tchouameni and Modric had back-to-back shots blocked by Soria. Soon after, Getafe went on the offensive and came close to levelling the score twice.

It seemed like Rodrygo doubled his team’s lead in the 57th minute with a neat finish but it was ruled out for a clear offside position. 

Ancelotti left his changes for the 83rd minute when he brought on Nacho and Marco Asensio for Militao and Camavinga. Five minutes later, he brought on Mariano for Rodrygo.

The men in white held onto their narrow lead and sealed their first win at Coliseum Alfonso Perez in four years. The win takes them to provisional first place and all eyes will now be on Barcelona’s clash against Celta Vigo ahead of El Clasico.

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Three talking points ahead of Real Madrid vs Valencia

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For all the institutional and sporting catastrophes Valencia suffer from, they put up a resilient show against Real Madrid last month and held them to a draw in the semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup.

Having fired Gennaro Gattuso less than 48 hours ago, Los Che will be under the command of an interim coach at Santiago Bernabeu in the hope of repeating their feat from Saudi Arabia.

After all, they are struggling this season with just 20 points in 18 league appearances.

Valencia may not be the top team it used to be a couple of seasons ago, but there is a fighting spirit to the squad that makes them special.

As Real Madrid looks to make amends for their dropped points against La Real, some important considerations cross the manager’s mind regarding the clash against Los Che.

Madrid Universal brings you three talking points ahead of Real Madrid vs Valencia.

1. More names at Ancelotti’s disposal

Real Madrid’s long injury list has been a thorn in Carlo Ancelotti’s feet for a long time now. While the manager has had close to five players unavailable through fitness concerns, two names were considered irreplaceable.

Daniel Carvajal is the first on that list. The Spanish International’s presence gave the club hope after Lucas Vazquez’s injury last month, but almost as if planned, the 30-year-old immediately suffered a blow in training and was forced to sit out.

For four games, Ancelotti was thus forced to field Nacho Fernandez as his right-back. The centre-back did a good job at covering out of position, however, will be pushed back to the bench on Thursday as Los Blancos celebrate the return of Carvajal.

The defender is not the only one making his way back, as Aurelien Tchouameni also received the medical all-clear earlier this week.

The French pivot hobbled off an hour into Real Madrid’s league clash against Villarreal in the first week of January and has been sidelined for close to a month.

His absence pushed his coach to try numerous permutations in midfield, but it was finally Eduardo Camavinga who stamped his authority on the position.

With Tchouameni back roaring, his place in the starting lineup seems to be written in stone. One can expect the Frenchman to be deployed alongside Toni Kroos and Dani Ceballos for his return to action on Thursday.

2. Concern shifts from right to left-back

The Merengues will finally have a natural right-back available to play against Valencia midweek. However, that does not signal the end of the Italian tactician’s trouble-riddles period.

Just when one full-back position returned to a state of normalcy, Real Madrid now have a crisis at left-back.

Ferland Mendy picked up a thigh injury earlier this week and will miss the team’s next two months of action at least. To say that this is a big blow to the club’s plans would be an understatement, for Mendy was the only natural left-back available in the squad.

David Alaba would appear to be the best-placed alternative, but the Austrian is ruled out through injury himself. Placed at a lack of options, Ancelotti confirmed in his press conference earlier today that Eduardo Camavinga would play there against Valencia.

The youngster has played in the defensive position earlier but will face the heat going up against Jose Luis Gaya at Santiago Bernabeu.

Given that Valencia’s right flank put up a memorable display when the two teams met last month, one can be certain that Camavinga’s performance can make or break Real Madrid’s night.

3. No margin for error

Less than halfway through the league season, Los Blancos already find themselves five points behind Barcelona. The wide gap is not a consequence of the defending champions’ poor form but the sheer consistency of Xavi Hernandez’s men, who cannot stop winning.

Having won the Supercopa de Espana last month, the Catalans are currently riding high on confidence. With their season heading from strength to strength, Real Madrid must hold on and wait for the right opportunity to topple the tables.

The Galacticos‘ draw against Real Sociedad added two points to the gap between the top two sides last week. At this stage, Ancelotti’s men cannot afford any further slip-ups for a larger gap would be too much for the men in white to compensate.

Every game henceforth will be a final for Real Madrid in La Liga. Three points are the bare minimum the club can walk away with from any fixture, and that mission will start from their game against Valencia.

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