Picking a Best Combined XI of Real Madrid & Tottenham Players Ahead of Tuesday’s Clash

Each year the Champions League serves up some absolute peaches in the group stages. 

This year we have Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich tussling it out in Group B, a repeat of last year’s highly entertaining quarter-final between Barcelona and Juventus in Group D, the poetic justice of Diego Costa’s now-Atletico Madrid and former Chelsea colliding in Group C and, of course, the mouth-watering clash of Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur in Group H.

So with a double-header of the latter fast approaching, with the first being held at the Spanish footballing amphitheatre that is the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Tuesday evening, let’s take a look at a combined XI between two of arguably the most exciting teams in Europe right now. 

1. Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)

With six clean sheets from his 10 appearances so far this term across all competitions for Spurs, there is little doubt as to why Hugo Lloris gets the nod in between the sticks over Keylor Navas. 

The reason behind Los Blancos’ consistent pursuit of Manchester United custodian David de Gea is a simple one, Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane cannot always rely on his shot-stopper to do just that. 

The Frenchman is a much more established goalkeeper in terms of reliability, and for that reason alone would be preferred over his Costa Rican counterpart. 

2. Serge Aurier (Tottenham)

In truth, if Dani Carvajal had recovered fully from his heart infection it would be his name here instead of Tottenham right-back Serge Aurier’s. 

However, in the 25-year-old’s absence, the Spurs man, who has started both Champions League games for the North Londoners so far this campaign, is the one to take the field. 

The Ivory Coast international is yet to really prove his worth in front of the Wembley crowd since his arrival from PSG in the summer, which might have something to do with his well-known ill-tempered attitude, however there is a sensational player in there somewhere.  

3. Marcelo (Real Madrid)

Zidane was able to welcome Marcelo back into his starting XI during Real’s 2-1 win over Getafe at the weekend, following the Brazilian’s three-game absence with a muscular injury. 

The French manager had placed his faith in back-up star Nacho, who is more suited to centre-half, in that time, however will be pleased he is able to field one of his most experienced players when Tottenham travel to the Spanish capital on Tuesday. 

Following the start Tottenham man Ben Davies has achieved the season, particularly in the Premier League, there could well have been a toss-up between the two, but the Wales international is not expected to be on the plane – therefore it’s a straight win for the Madrid left-back. 

4. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)

There is little doubt that Sergio Ramos is still one of the best centre-backs in the world, proving time after time what it takes to achieve success. 

Yes, he does have the reputation of ‘bending’ the rules ever so slightly, however you cannot captain your side to two successive Champions League trophies and not be truly elite. 

Adding that to his World Cup-winners medal, two European Championship successes, four La Liga titles, two Spanish Cup trophies and nine other accolades, I beg you to tell me a better centre-half in world football. I’ll wait. 

5. Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)

Now, alongside Ramos is where things become a bit tricker. You could argue both Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld have both shown they are high quality defenders over the past 24 months, and even before that. 

However, Raphael Varane has been an instrumental figure in arguably the best club side to grace the earth since the days of Barcelona’s dominance under Pep Guardiola. 

Since bursting onto the scene in 2012, the Frenchman has recorded 39 clean sheets in La Liga alone, and coupled with his Spanish teammate, the two are virtually as-solid defensive pairing as you will find. 

6. Casemiro (Real Madrid)

If it were not for Dele Alli serving the final game of his three-match ban, the young Englishman’s name would certainly be involved. 

The 21-year-old, who Spurs somehow snapped up for just £5m in 2015, netted 18 Premier League goals from midfield last year – finishing sixth on the Golden Boot list ahead of stars such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Eden Hazard. 

However, due to his ill-discipline during Tottenham’s exit in the Europa League last season, a more defensive outlook will be taken. 

Madrid’s Casemiro is as safe as they come in midfield, a good old-fashioned spoil and distributor, who also chips in with the odd-goal. 

There aren’t many out there that challenge the Brazilian for reliability when securing the back-four across the world at the moment. 

7. Luka Modric (Real Madrid)

The ex-Spurs man is a certainty in the combined XI, and if Tottenham were at the level they are at today in 2012 when he made the switch from White Hart Lane to Los Blancos, he could well be on the opposition team for Tuesday’s fixture. 

The Croatia international is best-known for his stupendous ball-retention statistics, and the 32-year-old has not failed to impress so far this term. 

The midfielder currently holds a 90% pass accuracy success rate in La Liga, 1% higher than the figure he finished the entirety of Madrid’s title-winning season with last time around. 

8. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham)

Christian Eriksen’s progression in a Tottenham shirt since his £12m move to North London from Dutch club Ajax in 2013 has been staggering. 

The 25-year-old is now considered as one of the best creators in the Premier League, manufacturing 111 chances last term and finishing on 15 assists. 

This campaign is no different, with the Dane already claiming two set-ups from the 19 chances he has created in just the opening eight fixtures. 

9. Harry Kane (Tottenham)

There is little to be said regarding Harry Kane’s inclusion in the combined XI. 

The 24-year-old’s 16 goals in 16 competitive games for club and country this season really emphasises the true attacking prowess Spurs hold going into the Group H tie.

The England international’s raw ability to find the back of the net from the most improbable of situations is just one of the reasons as to why he travels to the Santiago Bernabeu with speculation surrounding the possibility of him playing his football there a lot more regularly in the near future.

10. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

Similarly to Kane, Cristiano Ronaldo is one player than cannot be left out of this truly sensational group of players. 

The 2016 European Championships-winner has, throughout his career, provided amazement at how good one man can be – which is no more so proven by him netting 413 goals for Real in 404 games. 

There is little doubt that a large part of Pochettino’s pre-match team-talk will be surrounding how to quash the sheer attacking danger that the 32-year-old poses, and all I can say is good luck. 

11. Marco Asensio (Real Madrid)

Marco Asensio has taken Europe by storm since announcing himself within the confines of Real Madrid. 

Two goals and two assists in just eight league appearances during an indifferent start to the season for the La Liga holders’ has made everyone take note. 

The 21-year-old has been a vital spark for Los Blancos, particularly when both Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo were absent for a number of games at the beginning of the campaign, and has been vital in Zidane’s side’s recovery to second-place in the Spanish top-flight. 


Real Madrid’s Lack of Goals Highlighted by Complete Absence From List of Top 20 La Liga Scorers

Cristiano Ronaldo finally got off the mark in La Liga at the weekend, with his strike against Getafe on Saturday his first goal of the season.

Suspended at the start of the campaign for a push on the referee in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup in August, Ronaldo had failed to score in three La Liga appearances upon his return. For most others, it wouldn’t have been headline worthy, but for Ronaldo it was huge news.


But even though the Ballon d’Or holder has opened his personal La Liga account for the season, Real as a team are scoring surprisingly few goals.

They have scored 15 times in eight games, way short of Barcelona’s tally of 24. Valencia (21), Real Betis (19) and Real Sociedad (17) have all scored more as well.

Los Blancos even saw their incredible run of scoring in consecutive games, which dated back to April 2016 and a Champions League semi-final against Manchester City, come to an end when they faced Betis in a 1-0 defeat on 20th September.

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What the relative lack of goals means is that of the 20 top scoring players in La Liga after eight games of the 2017/18 season, not a single one is from Real Madrid.

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi leads the way in the scoring charts with his 11 goals. Valencia forward and ex-West Ham flop Simone Zaza is next with seven, alongside Villarreal’s Cedric Bakambu, who also has seven goals to his name.

Antonio Sanabria, Maxi Gomez and Rodrigo Moreno from Real Betis, Celta Vigo and Valencia respectively have each scored five times in La Liga this season. As many as 13 others, including Aritz Aduriz, Joaquin, Juanmi and Yannick Carrasco have scored at least three.

No Real Madrid player is yet to score more than twice in La Liga in 2017/18. That tally has been achieved by Dani Ceballos, Isco, Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio. Along with Ronaldo, Casemiro, Karim Benzema, Borja Mayoral, Lucas Vazquez and Toni Kroos have scored once.

Real have scored at least 102 times in 38 games in every league season since 2009, even netting an unbelievable 121 in 2011/12. Zinedine Zidane’s team is averaging less than two goals per game – at the current rate, they’d be on course to finish the season with 71 league goals.

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The last time Real scored fewer was during the 2006/07 title winning season when Fabio Capello was in charge and the team netted 66 times.

One has to assume it won’t last.

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Real Madrid Stalwart Claims Los Blancos Teammates Know What to Expect From Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid left back, Marcelo was the latest to heap praise on Cristiano Ronaldo, as his side escaped Getafe with a hard fought win.

Real Madrid took the lead through Karim Benzema, but gave up the equaliser after the break to Getafe’s Jorge Molina. The game seemed to be ebbing towards a draw, until Portuguese forward did what he has done so repeatedly, being clutch in the moments his team needs him to be.

Being his teammate, Marcelo is well versed in all things Cristiano Ronaldo heroics, as after the game he told reporters, “We know what he [Ronaldo] can give Madrid. “He might not score in two games … but he’s always decisive when he has to be” (via ​Marca).

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Ronaldo scored a sumptuous volley in the 85th minute, as his team left an arduous game at Getafe with a win, as well as keeping the pressure on leaders Barcelona – who drew at Atletico Madrid.

Getafe made things harder for their visitors, and this was personified through their tactics of leaving the grass of pitch long, as a measure of stifling Madrid’s passing – which Marcelo responded, “It doesn’t matter, everyone has to adapt.”

The victory meant that Los Blancos set a new La Liga record of 13 consecutive away wins, with the gap between them and Barcelona down to five.

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Lucas Vazquez Revels in the Form of Real Madrid Ace After Yet Another Stunning Performance

The 26 year old Spanish striker Lucas Vazquez has heaped praise upon his compatriot Isco, after he came off the bench in place of Vazquez to rescue Los Blancos in their game on Saturday against Getafe. 

In an interview with ​Marca, Vazquez decared: “Isco doesn’t hide who he is, his football is from the street.

“The way Isco plays, it comes from inside, it is a pleasure to play with him. He is in wonderful form and I hope it stays that way for a long time.”

Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane had been hoping to give Isco a well earned rest, taking into consideration his exploits for Spain in the international break, as well as their upcoming Champions League tie with Tottenham.

However, with Real stuttering against a stubborn Getafe side, the Frenchman knew he only had one man to turn to. The Malaga born playmaker has arguably been the best midfielder in the world this season, with perhaps only Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City offering him competion. 

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This has failed to go unnoticed in the Spanish capital, and with 20 minutes to go and the two sides at a stalemate, Isco was charged with breaking the deadlock. 

And break it he did, providing an immediate impetus to Los Blancos before eventually supplying Cristiano Ronaldo, with a sumptious chipped pass, his first goal in La Liga this season and all three points for Madrid.

Vazquez was also supportive of Ronaldo, who before his winner had had a difficult afternoon, which inclued missing a guilt-edged chance from only 2 yards away.

Of the Real Madrid talisman, the striker said: “It was only a matter of time before he scored his first La Liga goal this season.

“He came up at the end, gave us three points and he is very happy.”

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Real Madrid Scouts Monitoring 3 Youth Stars at U17 World Cup Ahead of Summer Swoops

​Real Madrid are eyeing up three young starlets from the Under-17 World Cup as Los Blancos continue to focus their transfer policy towards youth, according to Spanish publication ​Marca. 

The current La Liga and Champions League holders have taken a slightly alternative route to their big-money splurging reputation of old, honing their attention instead towards developing talent through the ranks at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in recent times. 

The currently on-going U17 World Cup, based in India, is seemingly awash with future talent, and Los Blancos have their eye on three of the best. 

According to the report, Madrid talent-spotters are overseeing the performances and development of French striker Aminen Gouiri, Brazilian midfielder Alan, and Spanish winger Ferran Torres.

Gouiri has already made a name for himself on the youth international stage, netting a record-breaking eight goals during the U17 European Championships earlier this year, even though his side only reached the quarter-finals.

The frontman currently plies his trade at French side Lyon, and Madrid chiefs are hopeful that their strong relationship with the Ligue 1 outfit, strengthened by the sale of Mariano this summer, will prove beneficial during their attempts to capture the young talisman. 

Next on the list is Brazil U17 international star Alan, who currently plays his club football for Palmeiras.

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The 17-year-old has been on the club’s radar since Los Blancos forged a deal to take national teammate Vinicius Jr to Spain next summer for around €45m (£40m). 
It has been reported that the midfielder’s agent Juan Figer met with Real chiefs over the summer at the Santiago Bernabeu in order to gauge a potential deal to the Spanish capital. 
Closer to home is the highly-thought-of Torres, who is set to break into the Valencia first-team once back from representing his nation’s youth side. 
It is also expected that once back in action at the Camp de Mestalla a new deal will be tabled for the 17-year-old, with it thought the hot-prospect has only an €8m (£7.1m) release clause in his current deal. 


Getafe 1-2 Real Madrid: Ronaldo’s Dramatic Late Winner Rescues Real After Lacklustre Display

Real Madrid were rescued by Cristiano Ronaldo’s first league goal of the season on Saturday afternoon, having looked like falling yet more points behind leaders Barcelona.

Los Blancos entered the game needing all three points to make up the lost ground after their stuttering start to the season, while 12th place Getafe were looking to contain the Spanish champions in the hope that they would escape with at least a point.

​Neither team could really make a mark on the game in the opening 20 minutes, with slow build-ups and cagey wing play characterising the opening segments. Real’s injury stricken team seemed to be hesitant to push forward in their usual manner, with a number of key names missing from the starting eleven.

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However, the champions started to assert their presence on the home team as full-backs Marcelo and 18 year-old Hakimi pushed forward on the flanks, allowing Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez to come inside. 

This proved difficult for Getafe to cope with, as Vazquez fizzed in a low cross to Karim Benzema, but the Frenchman’s audacious flick failed to open the scoring with the first chance of the match. Getafe’s best chance of the half came when frontman Molina snuck in front of Kiko Casilla as a cross came in, only to turn his header over the bar.

It wasn’t until five minutes before the break when Los Blancos opened the scoring, courtesy of Benzema’s first goal of the season. After a period of mounting pressure, Real finally broke through after a mistake in midfield allowed Benzema to slip in behind the defence, beat Juan Cala, and unleash a clinical finish past Guaita in the Getafe goal.

The second half started much like the first, with both teams failing to find a clear way through. Marcelo had an early chance just five minutes in, when his curling effort was prevented from finding the top corner.

However, Real’s early pressure was quickly snuffed out when Getafe captain Molina connected with a low cross to give the home side the equaliser. This set the tone for the remainder of the half as Getafe started to make their presence felt. Real Madrid’s frontmen Benzema and Ronaldo were kept quiet until the final third of the game, in which Getafe’s impressive defensive display seemed to weaken as they tired from the constant pressure.

With fifteen minutes left, current world player of the year Ronaldo somehow failed to convert a golden opportunity from three years out, skewing his half volley the wrong side of the post.

However, this almost seemed to propel him back into the game, and with five minutes remaining, the Portuguese captain found the far corner of Guaita’s net with a powerful half-volley to finally open his account for this Primera Division season.

Despite the home side’s impressive resilience, they were unlucky not to come away with a point against a Real Madrid side who looked somewhat lacklustre as their injury crisis continues. Zidane and his players will be delighted with the three points however, and Ronaldo’s late winner could prove vital in the season ahead.

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Arsenal and Liverpool Face Fight From Italian Giants AC Milan for Real Starlet Dani Ceballos

​Premier League sides Arsenal and Liverpool will go head-to-head with AC Milan when the transfer window re-opens this January for Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos. 

According to talkSPORT, the Rossoneri lead the way in their pursuit of the Spanish playmaker, although both Arsenal and Liverpool remain interested and would be keen to obtain the signature of the Spanish U21 star. 


Ceballos had quite the summer this year. Despite finishing as the runners up for Spain in the recent UEFA U21 European Championships to Germany, he shone for his nation, finishing as the Player of the Tournament and being named in the Team of the Tournament as well.

He then made the transfer to Real Madrid from Real Betis for a fee of €18m, although he has seen a lack of pitch time for Los Blancos. 

Making only three appearances in all competitions for Zinedine Zidane’s side this season, Ceballos is desparate for regular football, although getting ahead of the likes of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Isco and Marco Asensio presents the challenge he has in front of him.

It is the opportunity of first team football that AC Milan believe can persuade Real Madrid to part ways with the 21-year-old, although they face stiff competition from Premier League duo Arsenal and Liverpool in securing the promising Spaniard

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Zinedine Zidane to Set Club Landmark as Real Madrid Boss as Los Blancos Face Off With Getafe

​Since Zinedine Zidane’s appointment as Real Madrid manager back in January 2016, Los Blancos have achieved milestone after milestone both domestically and in Europe. 

Saturday afternoon sees Madrid take on Getafe at Coliseum Alfonso Perez with Zidane set to complete his 100th game in charge of Los Blancos. 


The Frenchman’s success at the Bernabeu has seen the team win two consecutive Champions Leagues, a La Liga title, a Club World Cup, two UEFA Super Cups and a Supercopa de España. 

His most recent title win was the UEFA Super Cup against Manchester United back in August, which, at the time, saw Zidane win as many titles as the number of games Real Madrid lost under his management. 

This type of consistency in his success is the reason why Florentino Perez entrusted Zidane with the Real Madrid side over Rafael Benitez, who was sacked in 2016. 


Zidane’s faith in players such as Casemiro, Isco and starlet Marco Asensio is the reason behind the team’s in the last couple of years.

Though Real Madrid has had a rough start to the new season with two draws and a loss which sees them at 5th place in the La Liga table, there is no doubt that Zidane is willing to take the challenge and adapt his tactical genius to Los Blancos’ abilities. 


Picking the Best Potential Real Madrid Lineup to Face Getafe on Saturday

​Injury-stricken Real Madrid travel to the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez to face city rivals Getafe on Saturday. 

Zinedine Zidane is restricted on his choice of players, with some key men from all areas of the pitch out due to injury. 

Here is how Los Blancos are expected to lineup for the tie.


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​With starting keeper Keylor Navas out due to an injury sustained while on International duty, Spaniard Kiko Casilla will be taking his place for this match, and possibly the midweek Champions League bout with Spurs. 


  • Achraf


  • S. Ramos

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  • Varane


  • Nacho


​The centre-back partnership of Sergio Ramos and Rafael Varane has been a consistent aspect of Real Madrid’s defence this season. 

However, it surfaced last week that right-back Dani Carvajal is out of action indefinitely due to a viral infection of the heart. So 18-year-old Achraf Hakimi could return to the full-back position along with Nacho Fernandez, who has been moved to left-back in the absence of Marcelo and Theo Hernandez. 


  • Modric


  • Casemiro


  • Ceballos


​International duty has done it’s fair share of damage to the Real Madrid squad. German midfielder Toni Kroos is out with a bruised rib that he sustained pre-international break, but the injury only worsened when Germany played Northern Ireland last week. Because of this, we may see the inclusion of Dani Ceballos in central midfield, who is not a bad backup admittedly.

Modric is guaranteed a place in the midfield, and Brazilian defensive midfielder Casemiro continues to impress from his performances last season and leading into the start of this season. 


  • Isco


  • Ronaldo


  • Asensio


​With Gareth Bale injured and Karim Benzema fallen out of favour with boss Zidane, Cristiano Ronaldo has taken the role of leading the line for Real Madrid. 

However there is still depth within the attack, as Isco and Asensio resume their positions in the squad to play either side of the Portuguese talisman. This sort of opportunity is just the kind that 21-year-old Asensio needs to assert himself as one of Real Madrid’s best forward options.  


Getafe vs Real Madrid Preview: Previous Encounter, Key Men, Team News & More

Getafe host Real Madrid on Saturday as La Liga returns following the international break.

After finishing third and gaining promotion from the Segunda Division last season, Getafe have gotten off to a very lively start back in the Spanish top flight. They currently sit 12th in the table with 8 points, and have already picked up respectable draws against Athletic Bilbao and Celta Vigo, but most notable is their 4-0 demolition of Villarreal.

Meanwhile, Los Blancos have had a stuttering start to La Liga, with poor results and injuries placing them 5th in the league with 14 points. This leaves them quite a distance off leaders and rivals Barcelona, who have had the perfect start with 7 wins out of 7. 

Last Encounter

The last time this fixture played out was in the 2015/16 season, where Real Madrid travelled to Getafe on April 16th and left with a resounding victory. 

Karim Benzema fired Real Madrid into the lead in the 29th minute and Isco doubled the lead eleven minutes later. Soon after the restart, Gareth Bale added a third; and the game quietened down until a surge forward from Getafe to try and get something out of the match resulted in a Pablo Sarabia goal in the 83rd minute. 


It didn’t take long for Madrid to move up the gears to guarantee no comeback was on the cards, as James Rodriguez scored in the 87th minute and none other than Cristiano Ronaldo dispatching the fifth. 

With that, the hopes of the Getafe fans diminished – as did their chances of survival. Meanwhile Real Madrid could keep the pace on league leaders Barcelona in what was a tightly contested title race.  

Key Men

Getafe’s main man this season has been Angel Rodriguez, who is the team’s top scorer with 3 goals this season. The Spaniard has scored with every shot on target that he’s had this season, and is averaging 65 minutes per goal scored. 

A key partnership of this team is the centre-back pairing of Cala and Ortega, who have started together most games this season to relative success. 

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Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t had the same impact that he normally has in La Liga, and the Portuguese forward is still yet to get off the mark for Real Madrid in the league this season. 

Instead, young winger Marco Asensio has been the main outlet for goals this season, grabbing 2 goals from the left wing position. Also, being without Toni Kroos will mean Luka Modric will have to use his experience to turn midfield possession into an attack, as well as getting back to do defensive duties. 

Team News

Getafe haven’t had any injuries sustained over the international break so will likely line up as they did in their last La Liga fixture in their preferred 4-4-2 formation. 
Real Madrid haven’t been as fortunate. While Theo Hernandez and Karim Benzema back in training after injuries, Toni Kroos is out with a bruised rib that worsened in the first of Germany’s qualifiers in the past week. Keylor Navas also took a knock to the shoulder for Costa Rica on international duty.
Left back Marcelo is coming back to training but hasn’t fully recovered from his injury, and Dani Carvajal is absent.

Likely Lineups
Getafe (4-4-2): Gaita; Suarez, Ortega, Cala, Antunes; Jiminez, Markel, Arambarri, Diedhiou; Angel, Molina
Real Madrid (4-3-3): Casilla; Achraf, Ramos, Varane, Nacho; Modric, Casemiro, Ceballos; Isco, Ronaldo, Asensio


This is a must-win game for Real Madrid, without a doubt. As a team that should be showing their league credentials by now, being stuck behind the likes of Valencia and Sevilla isn’t good enough. Despite the injuries that Madrid currently have hindering them, including important players like Bale, Kroos, Marcelo and Navas, they should be breezing through this match without any issue.

Getafe could pose a threat to a routine Madrid performance. Their attacking partnership of Angel and Molina has proven to be effective for them this season, and they could cause some difficulties for the makeshift Madrid defence, especially 18-year-old Achraf Hakimi – who is filling in at right back. But expect the visitors to win.

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