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In Karanka's Words: "Xabi Alonso is ready to play against Getafe"

Aitor Karanka is addressing the media a lot more than what he was used to (photo via

Jose Mourinho is delegating his media appearances to Aitor Karanka, his assistant coach. He is probably angry with how the Spanish press dealt with the team after the 1-2 loss against FC Barcelona in the Copa del Rey. Marca and As criticized him greatly and now Mourinho doesn't want to explain any of his decisions to those journalists.

Getafe is a complicated rival, they've beaten Barcelona in their stadium a month ago. Luís García has built a very good team, they defend well and they look for the counter attack.

Granero has been playing really well lately. It looked as if he was not going to get a lot of minutes, but the Spanish midfielder started in Real Madrid's last game against Zaragoza.

We haven't just discovered Granero now. He was raised here and he is a very good player and a very good person. He got injured in the preseason and that affected him for the first few months. We have a short roster because we wanted it that way, and every time he steps onto the pitch, he delivers.

Nuri Sahin is still waiting to be one of Real Madrid's key midfielders. The Turk will need to be a little more patient until Mourinho and his staff can trust him.

You get in shape by playing and he is not doing that now. That affects his confidence because he comes from a very important role in Bundesliga. We know he is going to overcome this.

Angel Di María, Ricardo Carvalho, Hamit Altinop and Marcelo were left off the list for the game against Getafe. Di María and Marcelo are injured, while Altintop and Carvalho are out due to technical decisions.

Di María will be out until he is ready.

Finally, when asked about the referees, Karanka had this to say during the press conference.

We already talked after the Copa del Rey game because everyone saw what happened. I am not going to talk about what others do, though Real Madrid has always talked about this matter. I lived through this same situation as a player and everything changes so fast.

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