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Immediate Reaction: Getafe 0 - 0 Real Madrid

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A tough draw for Madrid, who are now three points behind Atletico.

Getafe CF v Real Madrid - La Liga Santander Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Just as expected, Real Madrid’s visit to Getafe wasn’t a pleasant one, ending 0-0 and dropping two points. Coach Zinedine Zidane decided to start with a 4-2-4 lineup with Isco and Modric in the midfield with occasional help from either Asensio or Rodrygo, while Mariano and Vinicius completed the lineup playing upfront.

Here are some quick notes about the game.

  • Modric played deep and the team missed his presence and creativity. For the most part, neither team had a strong midfield play today and the dry pitch didn’t help. Madrid struggled moving the ball efficiently and only improved a little once Zidane decided to play Antonio Blanco off the bench, allowing Modric to make a bigger impact offensively.
  • Isco was a positive, Rodrygo wasn’t a factor at all and was mostly invisible. Neither one of them has played many relevant minutes so far this season and it’s not easy for a reserve to make an impact when they’ve lacked consistency all year long. However, Isco tried to contribute and was Modric’s main way to move the ball forward. On the other hand, Rodrygo looked shy and didn’t take advantage of the opportunity he was given. The young attacker was visibly frustrated when Zidane took him out of the game late in the second half.
  • Militao was impressive, once again. Him and Chust completed very solid performances often making up for Odriozola and Marcelo’s turnovers and mistakes. Real Madrid will be in trouble if Mendy, Nacho and Carvajal keep missing time.
  • Real Madrid might not have the depth to fight for both La Liga and the Champions League. Veterans like Kroos and Benzema needed some rest and Modric’s time to get some is coming soon as well. Zidane himself said that the team was tired right before El Clasico. Madrid just dropped two points and are three behind Atletico in the table. They will also have to visit Cadiz on Wednesday in what’s expected to be an even tougher game than this one given the circumstances.