Picking the Best Potential Real Madrid Lineup to Face Getafe in Their La Liga Opener on Sunday

Real Madrid kick off their 2018/19 La Liga campaign at home to Getafe on Sunday.

Los Blancos are looking to recover from a disappointing defeat to their Madrid rival Atletico in the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday evening. New manager Julen Lopetegui will be under immense pressure this season and getting off to a winning start in the league will be absolutely imperative – especially at the Bernabeu.

Here’s a look at the best potential team which could lineup against Getafe.

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Keylor Navas (GK) The biggest question mark will be whether Navas retains his place in goal over new signing Thibaut Courtois. The Belgian stopper is still acclimatising to life in Madrid, so this may be Navas’ last chance to impress.

Dani Carvajal (RB) – The undisputed right back at Real, Carvajal is expected to start as usual.

Raphael Varane (CB) – Will be looking to recover after an uncharacteristic mistake in extra-time during the Super Cup defeat.

Sergio Ramos (CB) – Scored a well taken penalty in the Super Cup and will no doubt continue to perform at the highest level again this season.

Marcelo (LB) – Consistently a top performer, Marcelo is set to remain as Real’s first choice left back for the foreseeable future.

2. Midfielders

Toni Kroos (CM) – The German kept the ball well as per usual against Atletico, but he’ll be looking to add a bit more in the final third.

Casemiro (CM) Such a key component in the midfield, no one else is able to break up opposition possession quite as well as the Brazilian.

Gareth Bale (RM) The main man following Ronaldo’s departure, he will be one of the first names on the teamsheet this season.

Marco Asensio (LM) When Luka Modric is back to match fitness, the youngster could be left out of the squad. He has to impress in this one to leave a doubt in Lopetegui’s mind.

Isco (AM) May have been lacking a little bit of match fitness in his last outing, but he should get the nod over Modric for now

3. Forward

Karim Benzema (ST) – The man who has benefited the most from the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema will be the first choice striker this season.

He got off to a decent start against Atletico when he scored a well taken header in the first half of the tie.


Julen Lopetegui Reportedly Demands Real Madrid Sign New Striker Before Transfer Window Slams Shut

Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui is eager to add reinforcements to his squad and has duly made a request to the club’s board to sign a striker before the transfer window slams close.

The former Spain boss is aware of the tests which await the club and is wary the current lack of options at centre forward will spell trouble in the pursuit of silverware, a foreboding feeling which has led to his latest demand to the board. 


According to ?MarcaLopetegui had hoped to welcome a new centre back, midfielder and striker before September came around, but with time no longer on ?Real Madrid‘s side the latter has emerged as the priority.

The defeat to rivals Atletico Madrid during the UEFA Super Cup last week highlighted the lack of options in attack, and while ?Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema are expected to emerge from ?Cristiano Ronaldo‘s shadow, Lopetegui wants a more reliable alternative to call upon. 


The likes of Mauro Icardi, Timo Werner and Robert Lewandowski were reported to be of interest to Real earlier in the window, but with time running out Lopetegui has made it clear that he does not need a big name, just a player who is capable of performing the role as required. 

Lyon’s Mariano and Rodrigo Moreno from Valencia are said to be realistic targets for such a short time frame, but the report claims both Florentino Perez and Jose Angel Sanchez believe the current batch of players are capable of winning another Champions League without further additions. 

With resistance from the board, Lopetegui faces the prospect of heading into his debut season at the Bernabeu with Bale, Benzema and Marco Asensio as his focal points in attack, with only a handful of untried players in Borja Mayoral and Raul de Tomas in reserve to act as cover.

Real Madrid will start their new league campaign against Getafe on Sunday evening. 


Real Madrid’s Marcelo Cites World Cup Fatigue as Reason Behind Recent Super Cup Defeat

Real Madrid star Marcelo has claimed that fatigue from the World Cup was the reason behind their Super Cup defeat to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night.

In the end it was a convincing win for ?Atletico as they ran out ?4-2 winners after extra time against their Madrid rivals on Wednesday night in Estonia. 

Speaking after the game, Marcelo aired his frustrations at the loss and claimed the defeat was down to fatigue from the World Cup, as reported by Onda Cero.

Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid - UEFA Super Cup

“The errors have come by fatigue, some of us have arrived late from the World Cup.”

The excuse of fatigue from the left back seems irrelevant as only five stars of the Real side featured beyond the quarter final stages of the World Cup, with Marcelo and fellow Brazilian Casemiro being knocked out at the last eight stage.

Many players from the team did feature in the World Cup, but the likes of Toni Kroos and Sergio Ramos both left the competition early, therefore giving those players time to recover and get back to match fitness quicker.

Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid - UEFA Super Cup

Marcelo goes onto state that the defeat will be forgotten about and all that matters is the upcoming league campaign. ?Real begin their season against Getafe on Sunday and will be looking to improve on last year’s disappointing league finish of third.

It will be interesting to see if the club replaces the gaping hole left by Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo following his move to Juventus. With only two weeks left of the window, there is still time for Real to bring in a new Galactico.

The failure to bring in a new signing to replace Ronaldo could be good news for Gareth Bale who this season could finally become the main man at Madrid, which could see him finally fulfil his potential. 


Monaco VP Admits Florentino Perez ‘Blames Him’ for Not Selling Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid

?Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has joked that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez still blames him for not selling Kylian Mbappe to the European champions.

Mbappe became the world’s most expensive teenager last summer when he left Monaco for €145m, but despite interest from Real it was French champions Paris Saint-Germain who snapped the teenager up instead.

Speaking this week, after Real lost the European Super Cup to Atletico Madrid in extra time, Vasilyev has revealed that Perez still complains about the one that got away.

“These two clubs [Monaco and ?Real] are friends,” said the Monegasque boss. “I have spoken with Florentino Pérez, every time he sees me, he always blames me for not selling him Kylian Mbappé!”

Perez and Vasilyev spoke at the UEFA Super Cup final in Tallinn on Wednesday, which Perez’s Real Madrid ?lost 4-2 to Atletico Madrid.

Following the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus, Real are in need of a new marquee forward, but they know that Mbappe would now cost even more than what PSG paid last summer.

Paris Saint Germain v Stade Rennes - Ligue 1

He moved to the Parc des Princes off the back of a stunning breakthrough season in which he scored 26 goals in 44 games for Monaco, and his career has continued to go from strength to strength ever since.

His 21 goals last season helped PSG to a domestic treble and earned him a place in Dider Deschamps’ squad for the World Cup. He became France’s youngest ever World Cup goalscorer and the first teenager to score in a World Cup final since Pele as France won the tournament, and Mbappe was named Best Young Player.


Real Madrid’s Casemiro Says Club Have ‘No Excuses’ After Losing First Match Since Ronaldo’s Exit

?Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro says any club would miss a player of Cristiano Ronaldo’s quality – but says that is no excuse for their 4-2 AET defeat to city rivals Atletico in the UEFA Super Cup.

Ronaldo left for Juventus this summer after nine spectacular years at the club, who appeared to miss his driving influence heavily in their first match without him – and their first match under new boss Julen Lopetegui. 

Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid - UEFA Super Cup

But Casemiro – who limped off after 79 minutes with a suspected recurring injury – wasn’t having any excuses, telling ?SPORT:

“We’re hurt to lose a trophy but this is the start of the season. We have full confidence in our coach. At ?Real Madrid, we don’t make excuses. Here, when we win, everyone wins and when we lose, we all lose.

“Cristiano has shown here that he’s the best in the world but that’s in the past now, we can’t keep thinking about him. We need to talk about those who are in the squad, the ones who stayed. We want to be a stronger, more solid team but Cristiano is in the past.

“This isn’t a bad squad. Some very important players, who have won everything, aren’t here but I’m not going to say whether the squad is better or worse for that. 

“If we’d won 2-1, we’d be talking about things in a different way. We did a lot of good things, we need to focus on that and work, work, work for what comes next.”

It was an unfamiliar feeling for the Galacticos on Thursday night, as after winning four of the last five Champions Leagues, and three of the last four UEFA Super Cups, they tasted a rare cup final defeat. 

[embedded content]

They led 2-1 with 11 minutes remaining, but Diego Costa added his second in normal time, before extra time goals from Saul and Koke secured the trophy – and the bragging rights  for ?Atletico, and highlighted just the size of the job new Real boss Julen Lopetegui has on his hands.