Real Madrid reached their third Copa Del Rey final in the last four years, and are set to face Barca in the final. Since the team secured a spot in the final, now it's time to focus on the league and continue the journey to win the 33rd La Liga Title. Real Madrid will visit Getafe in a miniature Madrid derby next Sunday 2/16/2014 in the course of the La Liga. Real Madrid will play a day after its two biggest rivals and title contenders Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona. Carlo Ancelotti men will try to go in and win the three points to stay co-leaders in the top of league in worst cases or take the lead if Barca and Atletico dropped points on Saturday when they face Ray Vallecano and Real Valladolid respectively.
Real Madrid will visit Getafe without Cristiano Ronaldo, whose suffering his second ban out of the three games ban he have, so what to expect? Real Madrid qualified to the Copa Del Rey final after thrashing Atletico 5-0 in aggregate. In the second leg of the semifinal, Carlo Ancelotti rotated a lot of players in the starting line up to insure that all players' feels engaged in his plans this season. After Varane played full 90 minutes without any knee problems, and Nacho gave outstanding performance we can feel confident in our defense in case any of our starting CB's can't play. La Liga is at a stage where losing any point can cost you losing the title, so every game should be taken seriously and played as a final. Real Madrid will play on Sunday, a day after the other two co-leaders play. This can mean that the team will start the game already three points behind them if both of them win. Carlo Ancelotti should start with our starting XL without any rotations. Unlike Atletico and Barca who'll play midweek the round of 16 next week in the UEFA Champions league, Real Madrid won't have to worry about champions league action yet. Real Madrid is expected to continue their astonishing and add another victory to their tally. All important players should play the game and it should be taking seriously, even though the team is keeping improving and winning, the players should keep their feet on the ground. Taking any risks at the Coliseum can cost us losing points and going back to third place, but we have full trust and confidence in Carlo Ancelotti and his players and hopefully they won't let us down.
Jese Benzema Bale
Di Maria Alonso Modric
Coentrao Pepe Ramos Carvajal
This 4-3-3 line-up is probably the best starting XL for Real Madrid so far this season; keeping in mind that Ronaldo is on suspension but if he's available he should automatically takes Jese spot. With this formation Real Madrid have managed to play their best football this season. Starting with our best eleven is the best and safest way to win against Getafe. Depending on how the course of the game goes substitutions will vary, If the team is leading with a good margin by the 60th minute or so, Illarramendi should come in for Modric so the Croatian can get some rest. Others players like Isco, Morata and maybe Varane should get some playing time if everything goes well in the game. Bale IMO should continue playing the full 90 minutes so ha can get back to his form.
- Getafe has won five previous La Liga derbies against Real Madrid; more than any other capital-based side sine the Blues were promoted.
- in their last four trips to the Coliseum, Real Madrid has won three of them.
- Getafe won their last home game against Real Madrid last season 2-1.
- If Real Madrid wins this game, they will have picked up 60 points from 24 games; the exact same record they had after 24 games in Jose Mourinho's first season in 2010/2011.
- Getafe are the only La Liga side without a win in 2014 (D2 L4)
- Angel Lafita have scored four goals against Real Madrid, although all four were scored in the Santiago Bernabeu
- Sergio Ramos has had more headed shots (15) without scoring than any other player this season.
- Jese Rodriguez has been directly involved in eight goals in just 392 minutes of La Liga football this season; one every 49 minutes.
- Gareth Bale has scored and assisted every 126 minutes in La Liga; better than Mesut Ozil managed in any of his three full seasons with Real Madrid.