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Getafe 0-1 Real Madrid: Player Ratings

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Real Madrid scraped past Getafe at Coliseum Alfonso Perez on Saturday night. Both sides missed chances aplenty and the scoreline does not do justice to the open game that unfolded on the night.

Carlo Ancelotti decided to bench Karim Benzema, given the hectic schedule ahead to help him return to 100% fitness. Needless to say, the team struggled in front of the goal without their captain.

Eder Militao’s goal was the difference between the two sides at full time. The win comes as a massive boost for Los Blancos ahead of El Clasico where they will hope to leapfrog past their arch rivals.

Madrid Universal brings you the player ratings from Real Madrid’s win over Getafe.

Andriy Lunin: 8

It was a special night for the Ukrainian international as he recorded his first clean sheet as a Real Madrid player. It was not for Lunin not being tested on the night but a solid display between the sticks that helped the team get just their first clean sheet of the domestic season. He made two saves, including one from inside the box on the night.

Daniel Carvajal: 7

After a relatively poor performance against Shakhtar, Carvajal returned to his best at the Coliseum. He bossed the right flank in attack and provided two key passes. Moreover, he was solid in defence with three clearances, an interception, two tackles and 100% tackles won.

Eder Militao: 9

The Brazilian was the difference maker against Getafe as he headed his team into an early lead just three minutes into the game. Over 83 minutes, he made a whopping 18 defensive actions in what was one of his best performances in a Real Madrid shirt.

Antonio Rudiger: 7

The former Chelsea man has found it difficult to see regular playing time under Carlo Ancelotti. He recieved just his fifth start of the league season last night and did not do much wrong. However, he was occasionally caught out of position, forcing Militao to cover up.

David Alaba: 6.5

The Austrian international started on the left side of the defensive four but was far from his best. While he did a good job of pocketing Damian Suarez and Borja Mayoral, he lost possession 18 times and finished the game with just 82% pass completion.

Luka Modric: 8

Coming back from injury, one would expect the 37-year-old to take some time to bring his body back into match rhythm. Yet, the Croat played like he suffered no setback and led Real Madrid’s midfield from the front. Completed 110 touches of the ball, made two key passes and created one big chance.

Aurelien Tchouameni: 8

In less than three months, Tchouameni has made Real Madrid fans completely forget Casemiro. As he has in all his games so far, the Frenchman held the fortress with resilience on Saturday, completing 11 defensive actions and 100% attempted long balls.

Eduardo Camavinga: 5.5

The French midfielder was touted to be the next big thing in Los Blancos’ midfield, but fans are quickly changing their opinion on Camavinga with every passing day.

As Ancelotti said earlier this season, the youngster is more effective coming off the bench as he lacks basic positioning and understanding of the team’s philosophy. Another sub-par display from Camavinga.

Federico Valverde: 7

Did brilliantly to find Rodrygo for Real Madrid’s second goal that was disallowed. Valverde was a constant nuisance to Getafe’s left-flank and forced Carles Alena and Enes Unal into deeper defensive roles. Took three shots, made three key passes and created one big chance on the night.

Rodrygo: 6.5

The young Brazilian got onto the scoresheet in the second half but had it ruled out for an offside move. Yet, one must appreciate his ability to finish off the half-chance with a cool head.

Rodrygo took five shots on the night but got only one was on target. Nevertheless, he was played out of position and did a decent job at covering for Karim Benzema.

Vinicius Jr: 7.5

Even when he doesnt score or assist, Vinicius is one of Real Madrid’s most influential players on the field. Both with and without the ball, the Brazilian serves as a thorn in the opposition’s feet and that was exactly what he did against Getafe. He attempted ten dribbles on the night, completing six and made three key passes. Furthermore, he was tenacious off the ball, winning 12 duels.

SUBSTITUTES

Nacho Fernandez: NA

Had just six touches, did not contribute much to the game.

Marco Asensio: 6.5

Played only 12 minutes, made one key pass, completed one dribble and came close to scoring.

Mariano Diaz: NA

Does not warrant a rating.

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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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