Real Madrid 2-0 Getafe: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Los Blancos Start La Liga With Easy Victory

​Real Madrid started life without club legend ​Cristiano Ronaldo in emphatic style with victory over city rivals Getafe at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday in the first game of their ​La Liga campaign.

Exceptional from the start, Los Blancos found their form from the end of last season to begin the new era under manager Julen Lopetegui with a simple victory.

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Goals from Dani Carvajal and Gareth Bale saw Real over the line in front of a half-empty Bernabeu and despite being clattered by some poor tackling from Getafe, Madrid got the job done in what was a positive and convincing start for Lopetegui’s side.

Getafe – who play their home games just 15 miles from Real Madrid’s ground – looked effective with their counter-attacking threat whenever Madrid’s possession broke down in midfield, but it wasn’t nearly enough to trouble last season’s UEFA Champions League winners.


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Key Talking Point

After an unconvincing display during the 4-2 extra-time defeat to Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday, it was imperative for Los Blancos to turn their fortunes around by getting off to a winning start in La Liga.

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A commanding performance from the very first whistle and a goal from Dani Carvajal rewarded ​Madrid for their dominance in possession and their effectiveness from wide areas.

Marcelo’s cross of wizardry was punched away by Getafe shot stopper David Soria but the ball fell kindly to the 26-year-old, who obliged with a wonderful looped header which went just over the head of the goalkeeper.


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Navas (6), Carvajal (7), Nacho (6), Ramos (6), Marcelo (8), Ceballos (7),

Kroos (6), Isco (7), ​Bale (7), Benzema (6), Asensio (6).

Substitutes: Modric (6), Casemiro (7), Vazquez (6).


Star Man

A tough call, with Gareth Bale just missing out on this occasion. However, Marcelo proved once more why he is the best left back in the world right now.  

The 30-year-old, who starts his 11th season with Los Blancos, heavily inspired his side to the victory and his service from wide positions boosted Madrid’s aerial threat which was evident throughout.

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The veteran supplied great quality throughout the 90 minutes which Getafe did not have an answer for, with his crosses and creativity a vision to behold. It was a world class performance as he covered all parts of Madrid’s left hand side.

Worst Player

Again, a difficult decision based on the quality cohesion of the team as a whole, but Spain international Isco looked to have not recovered from the overhanging voodoo left from a poor World Cup in Russia.

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Guilty of ball watching and lacking his usual work ethic, it was a surprising performance to say the least from a man who is unplayable on his day. His performance saw him substituted before the hour mark for Casemiro.


Looking Ahead

Bigger challenges await Madrid and the void left by the departing Cristiano Ronaldo will not be truly felt until challenges are met from the likes of Barcelona and city rivals Atletico Madrid.

Not a lot was taken from the game but we can acknowledge that Lopetugui’s men have come out of the blocks firing.

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Up next for Madrid is another Sunday evening La Liga clash next week, this time against Catalonian outfit Girona.

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Eden Hazard Reveals Final Transfer Window Decision After Months of ‘Nonsense’ Talk

​Eden Hazard has categorically dismissed rumours that he will be leaving Chelsea this summer, citing the Premier League’s transfer window handicap as the reason he will be staying put.

Rumours have been rife that Hazard was a target for Real Madrid and Barcelona this summer, but with the Premier League transfer window now closed, the club would be unable to sign a replacement for Hazard until January.

But the Belgian winger says he is happy at ​Chelsea, and has no desire to leave them short of players.

He told ​RMC after ​Chelsea’s 3-2 win over Arsenal: “Many things have been said – nonsense and everything. For now, I’m happy. I still have two years left on my contract and we’ll see what happens. I will not leave this year.


“The transfer window in England is already closed. We can sell but we cannot sign players. It would be a bit strange for Chelsea to let me go and not recruit another player. We could see that the fans like me a lot. I feel good here. We’ll see what happens in a year or two years.”

Hazard’s words will come as music to the ears of those of a blue persuasion, as the club will have dreaded watching Hazard go in the direction Belgium teammate Thibaut Courtois, who ​departed for Real Madrid on deadline day.

Many feared the worst when he was left out of the starting 11 against Arsenal, but he came on to set up the winner, and his post match words indicate in the clearest terms that he is indeed going nowhere this month.

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Real Madrid vs Getafe Preview: Recent Form, Team News, Predictions & More

​​Real Madrid will have to quickly get over the disappointment of their defeat in the UEFA Super Cup at the hands of Atletico Madrid as they kick off their La Liga campaign against Getafe on Sunday.

Los Blancos have endured a turbulent summer which saw them lose their talisman ​Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus and, as of yet, the acquisition of goalkeeper Thibaut Coutois has been their only marquee signing during the transfer window.

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Despite this, they’ll still be expected to challenge for the La Liga title and under new manager Julen Lopetegui it will be very interesting to see how they will fare.

Getafe aren’t going to roll over easily if last season is anything to go by and after finishing with the third best defensive record in the league in 2017/18, they’ll be looking to kick on again this this season.


Recent Form

For the most part, it was a very successful pre-season for Real Madrid, who won all but one of their matches in the International Champions Cup. They defeated three Italian oponents in the shape of Roma, AC Milan and Juventus, but were undone by Jose Mourinho’s Manchester Unted.

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Los Blancos officially started their list of competitive fixtures earlier in the week against bitter rivals Atletico in the UEFA Super Cup. They looked slightly off the pace and ended up being defeated in extra time by ultimately hungrier opposition.

Getafe haven’t played against sides who are anywhere near the same quality, but they have gone the whole summer unbeaten, rounding off their summer with an entertaining 3-3 draw against Girona.


Team News

All the focus will be on the goalkeeping position as it is not yet clear as to whether new signing Thibaut Courtois will be ready to make his debut for Los Blancos. 

The Belgian stopper is set to eventually become the first choice keeper at the Bernabeu, but he sat to watch from the stands against Atletico as Keylor Navas retained his spot in goal. 

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Luka Modric started from the bench against Atletico so he is unlikely to start as he looks to get back to full fitness after returning from the World Cup.

Getafe made plenty of signings during the transfer window and there should be a few debuts handed out across the park. 

Nemanja Maksimovic, fresh from joining on a permanent deal from Valencia is likely to start in central midfield, but it may be difficult for new strikers Jaime Mata and Sergi Guardiola to displace Angel Rodriguez and Jorge Molina. 


Predicted Lineups

Real Madrid: Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Kroos, Casemiro, Isco, Bale, Asensio, Benzema.

Getafe: Soria, Suarez, Dakonam, Gonzalez, Antunes, Portillo, Maksimovic, Arambarri, Ndiaye, Rodriguez, Molina.


Prediction

Real Madrid already have a serious point to prove this season, despite the fact that they are currently the Champions League holders and are undeniably one of the best sides in the world.

It was strange to watch Real without Ronaldo against Atletico, but Los Blancos will have to get used to his absence from the side pronto. 

Barcelona and Atletico will be fighting tooth and nail to win the title this year, so a slow league start will be the last thing that Lopetegui needs.

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Getafe proved that they can more than hold their own and they should do well again this season after comfortably finishing in the top half of the league last time around.

However, Real will be coming out swinging after their midweek loss and they should have enough quality to get back to winning ways immediately.

Prediction: Real Madrid 2-0 Getafe

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Picking the Best Potential Real Madrid Lineup to Face Getafe in Their La Liga Opener on Sunday

Real Madrid kick off their 2018/19 La Liga campaign at home to Getafe on Sunday.

Los Blancos are looking to recover from a disappointing defeat to their Madrid rival Atletico in the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday evening. New manager Julen Lopetegui will be under immense pressure this season and getting off to a winning start in the league will be absolutely imperative – especially at the Bernabeu.

Here’s a look at the best potential team which could lineup against Getafe.

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Keylor Navas (GK) The biggest question mark will be whether Navas retains his place in goal over new signing Thibaut Courtois. The Belgian stopper is still acclimatising to life in Madrid, so this may be Navas’ last chance to impress.

Dani Carvajal (RB) – The undisputed right back at Real, Carvajal is expected to start as usual.

Raphael Varane (CB) – Will be looking to recover after an uncharacteristic mistake in extra-time during the Super Cup defeat.

Sergio Ramos (CB) – Scored a well taken penalty in the Super Cup and will no doubt continue to perform at the highest level again this season.

Marcelo (LB) – Consistently a top performer, Marcelo is set to remain as Real’s first choice left back for the foreseeable future.

2. Midfielders

Toni Kroos (CM) – The German kept the ball well as per usual against Atletico, but he’ll be looking to add a bit more in the final third.

Casemiro (CM) Such a key component in the midfield, no one else is able to break up opposition possession quite as well as the Brazilian.

Gareth Bale (RM) The main man following Ronaldo’s departure, he will be one of the first names on the teamsheet this season.

Marco Asensio (LM) When Luka Modric is back to match fitness, the youngster could be left out of the squad. He has to impress in this one to leave a doubt in Lopetegui’s mind.

Isco (AM) May have been lacking a little bit of match fitness in his last outing, but he should get the nod over Modric for now

3. Forward

Karim Benzema (ST) – The man who has benefited the most from the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema will be the first choice striker this season.

He got off to a decent start against Atletico when he scored a well taken header in the first half of the tie.

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Julen Lopetegui Reportedly Demands Real Madrid Sign New Striker Before Transfer Window Slams Shut

Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui is eager to add reinforcements to his squad and has duly made a request to the club’s board to sign a striker before the transfer window slams close.

The former Spain boss is aware of the tests which await the club and is wary the current lack of options at centre forward will spell trouble in the pursuit of silverware, a foreboding feeling which has led to his latest demand to the board. 

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According to ​MarcaLopetegui had hoped to welcome a new centre back, midfielder and striker before September came around, but with time no longer on ​Real Madrid‘s side the latter has emerged as the priority.

The defeat to rivals Atletico Madrid during the UEFA Super Cup last week highlighted the lack of options in attack, and while ​Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema are expected to emerge from ​Cristiano Ronaldo‘s shadow, Lopetegui wants a more reliable alternative to call upon. 

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The likes of Mauro Icardi, Timo Werner and Robert Lewandowski were reported to be of interest to Real earlier in the window, but with time running out Lopetegui has made it clear that he does not need a big name, just a player who is capable of performing the role as required. 

Lyon’s Mariano and Rodrigo Moreno from Valencia are said to be realistic targets for such a short time frame, but the report claims both Florentino Perez and Jose Angel Sanchez believe the current batch of players are capable of winning another Champions League without further additions. 


With resistance from the board, Lopetegui faces the prospect of heading into his debut season at the Bernabeu with Bale, Benzema and Marco Asensio as his focal points in attack, with only a handful of untried players in Borja Mayoral and Raul de Tomas in reserve to act as cover.

Real Madrid will start their new league campaign against Getafe on Sunday evening. 

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Real Madrid’s Marcelo Cites World Cup Fatigue as Reason Behind Recent Super Cup Defeat

Real Madrid star Marcelo has claimed that fatigue from the World Cup was the reason behind their Super Cup defeat to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night.

In the end it was a convincing win for ​Atletico as they ran out ​4-2 winners after extra time against their Madrid rivals on Wednesday night in Estonia. 

Speaking after the game, Marcelo aired his frustrations at the loss and claimed the defeat was down to fatigue from the World Cup, as reported by Onda Cero.

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“The errors have come by fatigue, some of us have arrived late from the World Cup.”

The excuse of fatigue from the left back seems irrelevant as only five stars of the Real side featured beyond the quarter final stages of the World Cup, with Marcelo and fellow Brazilian Casemiro being knocked out at the last eight stage.

Many players from the team did feature in the World Cup, but the likes of Toni Kroos and Sergio Ramos both left the competition early, therefore giving those players time to recover and get back to match fitness quicker.

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Marcelo goes onto state that the defeat will be forgotten about and all that matters is the upcoming league campaign. ​Real begin their season against Getafe on Sunday and will be looking to improve on last year’s disappointing league finish of third.

It will be interesting to see if the club replaces the gaping hole left by Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo following his move to Juventus. With only two weeks left of the window, there is still time for Real to bring in a new Galactico.

The failure to bring in a new signing to replace Ronaldo could be good news for Gareth Bale who this season could finally become the main man at Madrid, which could see him finally fulfil his potential. 

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Monaco VP Admits Florentino Perez ‘Blames Him’ for Not Selling Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid

​Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has joked that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez still blames him for not selling Kylian Mbappe to the European champions.

Mbappe became the world’s most expensive teenager last summer when he left Monaco for €145m, but despite interest from Real it was French champions Paris Saint-Germain who snapped the teenager up instead.

Speaking this week, after Real lost the European Super Cup to Atletico Madrid in extra time, Vasilyev has revealed that Perez still complains about the one that got away.

“These two clubs [Monaco and ​Real] are friends,” said the Monegasque boss. “I have spoken with Florentino Pérez, every time he sees me, he always blames me for not selling him Kylian Mbappé!”

Perez and Vasilyev spoke at the UEFA Super Cup final in Tallinn on Wednesday, which Perez’s Real Madrid ​lost 4-2 to Atletico Madrid.

Following the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus, Real are in need of a new marquee forward, but they know that Mbappe would now cost even more than what PSG paid last summer.

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He moved to the Parc des Princes off the back of a stunning breakthrough season in which he scored 26 goals in 44 games for Monaco, and his career has continued to go from strength to strength ever since.

His 21 goals last season helped PSG to a domestic treble and earned him a place in Dider Deschamps’ squad for the World Cup. He became France’s youngest ever World Cup goalscorer and the first teenager to score in a World Cup final since Pele as France won the tournament, and Mbappe was named Best Young Player.

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Real Madrid’s Casemiro Says Club Have ‘No Excuses’ After Losing First Match Since Ronaldo’s Exit

​Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro says any club would miss a player of Cristiano Ronaldo’s quality – but says that is no excuse for their 4-2 AET defeat to city rivals Atletico in the UEFA Super Cup.

Ronaldo left for Juventus this summer after nine spectacular years at the club, who appeared to miss his driving influence heavily in their first match without him – and their first match under new boss Julen Lopetegui. 

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But Casemiro – who limped off after 79 minutes with a suspected recurring injury – wasn’t having any excuses, telling ​SPORT:

“We’re hurt to lose a trophy but this is the start of the season. We have full confidence in our coach. At ​Real Madrid, we don’t make excuses. Here, when we win, everyone wins and when we lose, we all lose.

“Cristiano has shown here that he’s the best in the world but that’s in the past now, we can’t keep thinking about him. We need to talk about those who are in the squad, the ones who stayed. We want to be a stronger, more solid team but Cristiano is in the past.


“This isn’t a bad squad. Some very important players, who have won everything, aren’t here but I’m not going to say whether the squad is better or worse for that. 

“If we’d won 2-1, we’d be talking about things in a different way. We did a lot of good things, we need to focus on that and work, work, work for what comes next.”

It was an unfamiliar feeling for the Galacticos on Thursday night, as after winning four of the last five Champions Leagues, and three of the last four UEFA Super Cups, they tasted a rare cup final defeat. 

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They led 2-1 with 11 minutes remaining, but Diego Costa added his second in normal time, before extra time goals from Saul and Koke secured the trophy – and the bragging rights  for ​Atletico, and highlighted just the size of the job new Real boss Julen Lopetegui has on his hands.

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Conflicting Reports on Luka Modric as Real Director Claims Croatian is ‘Happy’ in Madrid

​It is still unclear whether ​Inter intend to sign Luka Modric from ​Real Madrid before the Italian transfer window shuts on Friday, with conflicting reports muddying the waters.

The Croatian has been strongly linked with a move to the San Siro this summer, and may be tempted by a new challenge after winning 4 Champions League titles in an incredible six-year spell with Madrid.

Before the UEFA Super Cup final against ​Atletico Madrid, Real director Emilio Butragueno told Movistar+ television that Modric was content to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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“There is no issue with Modric, he’s happy to continue with us,” he said, quoted by ​Marca.

​Sky Sports Italia still insists that Modric and his representatives are pushing for a move away from the Spanish capital and will plead with Real to let him leave on Thursday.

Florentino Perez is not easily swayed though and he will not want Modric to leave after a damaging summer in which three-times Champions League-winning manager Zinedine Zidane and record goalscorer ​Cristiano Ronaldo both left the club.

Real might allow Modric to leave if they had a suitable replacement, but that too seems doubtful as their top target ​Christian Eriksen is valued at €200m by Tottenham Hotspur.

In the Galactico era, Real frequently spent large sums on high-profile players, but that is unlikely to be repeated under the current transfer policy ​with Perez reportedly reluctant to spend more than €100m on a p​layer.

Modric came on as a second-half substitute on Wednesday night, making his first competitive appearance since losing the World Cup final with Croatia.

The Croatian was again on the losing side as Real lost 4-2 in overtime, earning Atletico the first European silverware of the new season.

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La Liga Matches to Take Place in the United States as Part of New Initiative

​The organisers of the International Champions Cup have reached an agreement with La Liga to stage regular season Spanish league matches in the United States as early as this season.

​In a press release, ​La Liga confirmed the launch of a new 15-year initiative called LaLiga North America, which will have the primary goal of promoting football in the United States and Canada.

This is a joint venture with Relevent Sport, the multinational media, sports and entertainment group who successfully staged this summer’s International Champions Cup, most of which was held in the United States.

“The newly founded organization will work to cultivate soccer culture in the U.S. and Canada using the unequalled assets of LaLiga, the world’s best soccer league featuring internationally recognized clubs and players,” the press release read.

“Moreover, North America will be exposed to the unparalleled Spanish soccer culture, renowned for its passion, drama, history, flair and creativity.”

“As part of the agreement, LaLiga plans to bring a regular season club match to the United States, the first to be played outside of Europe.”

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La Liga President Javier Tebas said: “We’re devoted to growing the passion for soccer around the world. This ground-breaking agreement is certain to give a major impulse to the popularity of the beautiful game in the U.S. and Canada.”

This is a first for European football, although the idea of a “39th game” in the ​Premier League, staged around the world to spread global recognition, has been touted in the past.

The best parallel would be with the NFL, which sends 3 or 4 regular season matches to London and one to Mexico as part of their annual International Series.

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