In its last game of a disappointing season, Real Madrid will host Getafe in a totally irrelevant game for both contenders. The azulones have recently confirmed that they will remain in the first division for, at least, one more year, while Los Blancos will definitely finish in the second place in La Liga, having been unable to triumph in either the Copa del Rey or the Champions League.
Therefore, the only thing at stake tomorrow, other than pride, will be the Pichichi trophy. Cristiano Ronaldo, with forty-five league goals this season, has a four-goal advantage over his main competitor Leo Messi, so his leadership does not seem to be endangered. Still, he will for sure be eager to increase his numbers a little further in order to secure the award and, together with it, a new Golden Boot, where Messi is, again, the only player with a minimum chance to take it away from him.
Being such an unimportant game, we should expect our players to try to provide a good show for the fans to enjoy as much as possible. The absences of Benzema and Luka Modric will reduce the fluency of Real Madrid's attacks, but the good news is that Martin Ødegaard will likely have a chance to make his debut with the first team and thus become the youngest player to have featured in a league game with Los Blancos.
Most of the attention will be posed on Carlo Ancelotti and Iker Casillas, since both of them might be facing their last official game at Real Madrid. According to some reports in Spain, the fans' reactions when the speaker calls their names will have a significant role in Florentino Pérez's decision about the future of our current coach and captain. Anyhow, just like it happened in the last league game of 2013 with Mourinho and Higuaín, Ancelotti and Casillas could be the ones to clear all doubts right after the game.
There will be no room for celebrations tomorrow, as this season must be considered nothing but a failure for Real Madrid. As the team proved in the first part of the season, winning the European Supercup and the Club World Cup, and achieving an outstanding twenty-two-game-long winning streak, the project was a good one, but some details need to be polished for it to reach what one should expect of Real Madrid. After tomorrow's game is finished, some crucial decisions will need to be made.
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Real Madrid: Casillas; Carvajal, Pepe, Varane, Marcelo; Kroos, Isco, James; Bale, Ronaldo, Chicharito.
Getafe: Guaita; Vigaray, Naldo, Velázquez, Escudero; Juan Rodríguez, Lacen; Pedro León, Sarabia, Diego Castro; Hinestroza.