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Three talking points from Real Madrid 2-1 Getafe

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After holding defending champions Barcelona to a 0-0 draw on Matchday 1, Getafe came determined to replicate their success against Real Madrid on Saturday.

Jose Bordalas’ men adopted a similar strategy on the afternoon, resorting to a low block and frustrating the Real Madrid players through incessant fouls.

They appeared to have got it their way, as the scoreboard read 1-1 even as the fourth official signalled nine minutes of extra time.

As has been the case numerous times in the past, however, Real Madrid found a way to comeback in the dying minutes. The saviour, once again, was Jude Bellingham.

Madrid Universal brings you three talking points from Real Madrid 2-1 Getafe.

Take a bow, David Soria

Earlier this summer, Andriy Lunin appeared to be close to sealing a departure from Real Madrid, leaving the club with no backup goalkeeper. In their hunt for a new shot-stopper, one of the first names that popped up was that of David Soria.

Los Blancos have come a long way since then, with Courtois injuring his ACL and Kepa Arrizabalaga coming in as a replacement.

Yet, Soria arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday afternoon and showed the world exactly why he was so high up Real Madrid’s wishlist.

The 30-year-old Getafe goalkeeper put up a ridiculous show in between the sticks for Jose Bordalas’ side and single-handedly kept his team in the game against Real Madrid.

He was, in fact, very close to saving two points for his team through his heroics, but fell short after Jude Bellingham pounced on his only mistake deep into extra time.

Despite conceding two goals, Soria was phenomenal and recorded a staggering ten saves against Carlo Ancelotti’s side. Of them, seven saves came from shots taken from inside the box.

Real Madrid could have had at least five goals to their name had another goalkeeper been in the 30-year-old’s place. Credit where it is due, Soria was perhaps the best of the 22 players on the field and deserves every bit of the attention he is receiving.

Modric and Kroos have still got it

Still got it. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Luka Modric started his first game of the season for Real Madrid against Getafe and was deployed as a central midfielder alongside Eduardo Camavinga.

The Croatian dictated the flow of the game from the very first minute. At 37 years of age, he showed no signs of slowing down as he matched the youngsters shoulder-to-shoulder for pace and stamina.

Modric regularly opened up the Getafe defence with his genius lobbed passes and even came close to scoring himself with a firmly-struck header.

His game only transcended to a whole new level after Ancelotti introduced Kroos in the second half. Reunited on the field for 45 minutes, the veteran duo ran the show for Real Madrid and proved to the world that they still have the magic in their veins.

With Modric and Kroos running the engine, Los Blancos’ play saw a tangible improvement in speed and penetration. The men in white began creating chances for fun, as can be seen statistically.

Real Madrid recorded 18 shots in the second half as compared to eight in the first period. They also recorded double the number of big chances, double the xG tally, and hit the woodwork thrice after the break.

The Star Boy

What can be said about Jude Bellingham at this point? There is magic, there is sorcery, and then there is what the Englishman is doing at Real Madrid.

To score on debut for a club of the Galacticos’ stature is gargantuan. Getting on the scoresheet on each of your first four games for the club is an indication of greatness.

Bellingham’s late goal against Jose Bordalas’ side on Saturday afternoon sealed his team’s 2-1 win over Getafe. In the process, he became the only player after Cristiano Ronaldo to score in each of his first four games for the Merengues.

To top it all, the youngster even provided three key passes, completed one dribble, and completed four defensive actions on the afternoon.

With every passing game, Bellingham is turning into a more finely sharpened weapon in Carlo Ancelotti’s artillery.

Not only has he taken over the responsibility of creating openings but also those of scoring goals and facilitating the buildup. The €103 million the Merengues spent on his signing no longer appears to be of any significance.

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Five players who will be fixed starters for Real Madrid next season

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Following a successful campaign, Real Madrid are poised for significant changes in their roster due to a combination of player arrivals and departures.

The responsibility of blending new faces with established stars will fall to coach Carlo Ancelotti and his staff as they aim to maintain the club’s competitive edge domestically and in Europe.

And to predict the team’s probable strategy and performance amidst these changes, it is imperative to identify the key players who will be constant starters.

Kylian Mbappe

The new talisman. (Photo by ROMAIN PERROCHEAU/AFP via Getty Images)

With Real Madrid no longer viewing Mbappe through rose-tinted lenses and finally being able to dress him in the royal white jersey, the Frenchman is expected to be one of the first names on the team sheet.

Owing to his instinctive nature to find the back of the net, he is poised to be paired alongside Vinicius Jr. in attack.

Last season, the 2018 World Cup winner scored a whopping 44 goals in all competitions. Thus Real Madrid will be banking heavily on Mbappe’s ability to ask questions of opposition defenders in the final third.

It is being said that Mbappe is all set to wear the iconic number 9 jersey at Real Madrid, which is indicative of the role he will play, as a focal striker.

Vinicius Jr.

The main man at Real Madrid. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

The Brazilian is in pole position to win the Ballon d’Or this year, and looking back on his season with Real Madrid, it is easy to see why.

Despite losing Karim Benzema, his usual partner in crime over the past few years, Vinicius performed remarkably well in Ancelotti’s new system.

Relentlessly taking on defenders, arriving into space, scoring goals, and stepping up in the biggest of moments, he was one of Real Madrid’s major lynchpins throughout the season as they lifted a historic double.

Vinicius impressively racked up 24 goals last season, and given his importance to the team, the likelihood of him not maintaining a starting role next season is nearly nonexistent.

Jude Bellingham

Real Madrid Fans’ Player of the Season. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Defying all expectations in his debut season, Jude Bellingham established himself as a key player for Real Madrid, demonstrating exceptional versatility, and maturity far beyond his years.

Although the Englishman’s performances wavered in the final stretch of the season, Bellingham’s contributions ensured Los Blancos were able to compete in the Champions League and especially La Liga.

In addition to scoring 23 goals in all competitions, he has constantly been a beacon of reliability in midfield and has proven to be the voice of reason on the pitch.

There have been murmurs about Bellingham potentially being berthed deeper next season as Real Madrid intends to use him as Kroos’ replacement. However, given his versatility, he is expected to be a crucial player wherever he plays.

Antonio Rudiger

A mainstay at the back. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Rudiger is one of the major reasons Real Madrid managed to successfully disguise their injury crisis. Despite players falling like dominos in the back-line, the German stood resolutely as a dependable figure for most of the campaign, arguably enjoying one of his best seasons.

Expertly anticipating opposition strikers’ movements, he leaps forward to thwart attacks before they begin. Moreover, thanks to his large stature and incredible recovery pace, he is able to cover distances behind.

Reports have mentioned that Carlo Ancelotti views him as a crucial component of the squad and potential arrivals, such as those of Leny Yoro and Rafa Marin, in the back-line are unlikely to devalue his presence.

Thibaut Courtois

Back like he was never gone. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

In spite of spending more than half of the campaign on the sidelines recovering from an ACL and MCL injury, Courtois is worth his weight in gold for Real Madrid.

He performed admirably in the final few games of the season and did no wrong against Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final.

While Andriy Lunin made up for his absence with flying colours, he is placed below Courtois in the pecking order for now, which also has made the Ukrainian lean towards an exit.

The fact that Lunin, after his sublime season, stands no chance of dethroning Courtois between the sticks is a testament to how much the club appreciates the Belgian. Even at the age of 32, the Belgian keeper is anticipated to retain an important role in the team.

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