Real Madrid return home to the Santiago Bernabéu this Saturday, 90 days later, to face José Bordalas’ Getafe (16:15 CET, -2 GMT), and will do so with notable and lengthy absences , such as the absence of the Belgian Thibault. Courtois and Brazilian Eder Militao, in addition to having their first game without Vinicius Junior, will be injured over the next six weeks.
The new “seven” of the white team last Friday suffered an injury to the biceps femoris muscle of the right leg and was out of the game for a month and a half.
Thus, Real Madrid loses its great attacking bastion, the absence of which it marks, rising from 2.16 goals per game to 1.6 goals per game when the Brazilian is absent, in a plot in which Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti is not so many alternatives.
Spaniard Joselu Mato, whose profile is very different from Vinicius as he is a classic nine finisher, is eager to start, although Carletto is not considering returning to a 4-3-3 formation to have more depth on the flank and serve as balls for a player who Will wear white again at the Bernabeu 12 years later.
Another variant controlled by the technician is the Brahim Diaz variant. The type of game is more like “Vini”, but with fewer features. He played just one minute in his first three league games and is scheduled to return to the Bernabéu from the bench.
A match that, despite bad news in the form of injuries that devastated Real Madrid in August, will mark the debut of a new star in what has been his new home this season: Englishman Jude Bellingham.
In his 20s, the midfielder fell to his feet in Spain. Four goals in three games, with the number “5” on the back and the best player of the white team and EA Sports La Liga at the start.
Bellingham will meet the Santiago Bernabéu, who still have a few months to go, with a gala opening party scheduled for December 23, while Spanish goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga will defend Real Madrid’s goal for the first time in a stadium that has been rivals of both Athletic and and Chelsea.
In addition, Fran Garcia, a Real Madrid youth player who returns after three seasons at Rayo Vallecano, will play as a left-back.
However, another Real Madrid player, Turkey’s Arda Güler, will not be able to attend the match as he continues to recover from some meniscus problems in his right leg that he has suffered since pre-season.
Ahead of the Madrid derby, Getafe was emotionally charged after the last day’s victory over Alaves, which allowed the team to celebrate the first victory of the season after a draw with Barcelona at the Coliseum and a missed victory in Montilivi over Girona.
Team Azulon finished a very serious match against Alaves and left a clean sheet for the second time this season, which José Bordalas intends to make his calling card thanks to an experienced defense that has so far been led by Serbian Stefan Mitrovic and Uruguayan Domingos Duarte after being reconverted as Togolese midfielder Jene Dakonama.
Bordalas could bring something new to his eleven players compared to last day, and Carles Aleña has the most room to start, who could replace Jaime Mata on the far left, especially after Porto’s departure for Girona.
The rest of the starting line-up could be the same, with Borja Mayoral and Juanmi Lataza as attacking players, as well as a possible novelty in the call-up of Uruguayan midfielder Mauro Arambarri, already recovering from injury.
Real Madrid: Kepa Arrizabalaga; Dani Carvajal, Antonio Rüdiger, David Alaba, Fran Garcia; Aurelien Chuameni, Eduardo Camavinga, Fede Valverde, Jude Bellingham; Rodrigo Goes and Joselu Mato.
GetafeStory by: David Soria; Damian Suarez, Domingos Duarte, Stefan Mitrovic, Gaston Alvarez; Juan Iglesias, Nemanja Maksimovic, Dzhene Dakonam, Carles Aleña; Juanmi Latas and Borja Mayoral.
Referee: Mario Melero López (Andalusian Committee).
Stadium: Santiago Bernabeu.
Hour: 08:15 (Central Mexico time).
With information and photo: EFE
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