Real Madrid eases past Getafe with second-half goals from Benzema and Mendy. It was a creative performance by Zidane’s men who didn’t exactly set the world alight but did enough to see off a rather tame visiting side.
The Spanish Giant keeps the pressure on League leaders Atletico at the top then while Getafe has to improve instantly to stay out of relegation. Both teams will take this result and move on.
Madrid rise to second in La Liga with this win, five points behind Atleti for now as the league leaders have two games in hand hauling two points back on leaders Atletico after they drew 2-2 with Celta Vigo.
It’s going to be a tough task to catch them. Getafe in 13th. They won’t be too bothered by this defeat, although they’re now winless in four league games.
Speaking after the game: ‘We can’t worry about the other teams we just have to keep on this run,’ said Zidane.
I don’t believe that Madrid fans have given up on us winning the league,’ added Zidane.
‘We know there will be problems but there is a long way to go and they expect us to keep fighting.’
Injuries to several key players ford Zinedine Zidane to change system for this match, with the former Tranmere Rovers starlet Marvin Park handed his first Liga start in the right wing-back position.
Karim Benzema came close in breaking the deadlock first half, steering a header on to the Getafe crossbar from a corner kick. Luka Modric also pulled out a good save from David Soria with a low drive from outside the box.
Real Madrid finally found the back of the net on the hour mark when Benzema got on the end of a tricky Vinicius Junior delivery into the box, heading past Soria who could do nothing to keep it out.
The hosts scored a second just seven minutes later, with Ferland Mendy turning home a Marcelo cross on the stretch to all but secure all three points for the defending Spanish champions.
Zidane’s tactical differences saw Marcelo deployed in a position he has always wanted to play in. The Brazilian’s role in this Real Madrid side was impossible to pin down.
He was given the freedom to charge down the left side, but he also paced inside to act as a playmaker at times.
Whatever Marcelo’s position was, he was the best player on the pitch, giving Real Madrid real drive and providing a great assist for Mendy.
This was a display of what the 32-year-old still offers.