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Immediate Reaction: Getafe CF 1-5 Real Madrid

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Madrid go on the road and handle a Getafe team desperately trying to avoid the drop.

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1. Real's depth is showing its value.

Sending out James Rodríguez and Isco as rotational players is an immense privilege, and Zidane is exercising it. The team looked effervescent on the road against a Getafe team that is determined to avoid going down. Getafe started strong and didn't look like the team with fewest goals scored in La Liga and the worst goal difference, but Real matched their energy and were able to nick a few in the first half. Getting a road win with Luka getting some rest? Yes, please. Last year Real crumbled at this time due to a lack of depth, and it's wonderful to see that not be the case this year.

2. Karim Benzema is setting records and deserves more recognition.

No one in La Liga is more efficient with their minutes than Karim Benzema. Finding the net every 75 minutes, Benzema is in the form of his life. His goal today marked this season as his highest-scoring in La Liga since joining Madrid. What's left to say about Benz? He's world-class, and Real are lucky to have him.

3. The James Rodríguez Catch-22 persists.

He's an utter match-winner and he was all over the pitch today, tallying a goal and an assist. And yet it's hard to say whether he's becoming a staple of Zidane's preferred 11 or just a dominant rotational player. When given the freedom to roam the pitch for a full 90 minutes, James can take over a game. The question is if he'll be given the opportunity.

4. Real did well to keep Barcelona and Atléti sweating.

Both Barça and Atléti will go to sleep tonight knowing Real took care of business, and looked good doing so. Now we wait to see if they'll drop points, further roping Real back into the La Liga title chase.