Real Madrid will step onto the grasses of Santiago Bernabeu for the first time this season on Saturday.
After three exhausting games on the road, the men in white will be determined to keep the momentum going in front of their home crowd.
Yet, it will be far from easy for Los Blancos to take all three points on the night. After all, they face Jose Bordalas’ Getafe, a side that has proven to be a thorn in the foot of several top teams in recent seasons.
Ahead of his team’s clash against Real Madrid, the Getafe manager spoke to the media about a plethora of topics. He began by explaining what made it difficult to face a team like Real Madrid and what he expected from the clash.
“Facing Real Madrid is always very difficult. We have to play a great game and hope that they don’t have a good day. We’re preparing with the best intentions, we’re counting on that, and we’ll try to make it difficult for them,” Bordalas said.
Los Blancos will not have Vinicius Jr. available on the night after the Brazilian injured his thigh last weekend.
Bordalas refused to celebrate the superstar’s absence and said he expected an equally gruelling game even without the star player.
“He is a differential player. We would like him to be there because he is always a very special attraction, but Real Madrid have top-level players and their coach will put a top replacement for him,” he said.
Bordalas has always been an open admirer of Carlo Ancelotti and his methodologies and was asked if he had recently interacted with the Italian tactician as part of his press conference.
To that, he replied: “We haven’t had the chance to talk, but it’s always a pleasure to face Real Madrid and Carlo. He is a great coach and a great colleague.”
Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”
Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.
It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.
After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.
It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.
Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”
On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”
It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:
“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”
Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:
“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”
The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:
“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”
Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:
“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”