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Zidane To Make One Change Here? | Predicted 4-4-2 Real Madrid Lineup To Face Getafe

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Real Madrid have overcome early jitters and are flying high both at home as well as abroad. They knocked Liverpool out from the Champions League to make it through to the semis and are gearing up for their Sunday night contest against Getafe in order to defend their La Liga title.

The spirit is high within the camp following last weekend’s El Classico victory, and the struggling azulones would find it hard to script an upset at Coliseum Alfonso Pérez. They lost 2-0 at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano in the reverse tie, and the record of conceding more goals as well as enduring more defeats against the Blancos than any other La Liga outfit does not give you confidence if you are a Getafe supporter.

Predicted 4-4-2 Real Madrid Lineup To Face Getafe

Defence

Thibaut Courtois was majestic at Anfield with an array of crucial saves, and his stewardship between the sticks is a massive strength for the Spanish superclub.

Real Madrid Predicted Lineup vs Getafe (Real Madrid players are celebrating in the picture)
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Zinedine Zidane had major blows when Sergio Ramos and Raphaël Varane got sidelined with their respective calf strain and covid symptoms. Moreover, a cruciate ligament injury has ended Lucas Vázquez’s campaign who was impressing in a makeshift right fullback role. The gaffer, thus, had to deploy Valverde against the Merseysiders with Dani Carvajal unavailable.

Nacho and Eder Militao have grabbed their opportunity in the heart of the backline and should start yet again. Also, Zidane should give the nod to right-back Álvaro Odriozola who has not at all been utilised. Ferland Mendy is excellent down the left and should keep hold of his place ahead of Marcelo.

Midfield

The iconic Frenchman has kept tweaking the set-up and should go for a midfield diamond allowing Casemiro to operate from the base. His destructive game, hard tackles and crucial blocks are key to Zidane’s game plan. Toni Kroos, Real’s ‘passmaster’, would keep on orchestrating the tempo with his vision and distribution, whereas playing Odriozola should see Valverde returning to his usual midfield spot.

35-year-‘young’ Luka Modric must retain his place and operate from a slightly advanced role to execute his creativity and footballing intelligence.

Attack

While Eden Hazard is still working on his fitness, the uprise of Vinícius Júnior is a sigh of relief for Madrid. The Selecao sensation should be featuring high up the pitch alongside ever-reliable Karim Benzema. The tutelage of Zidane gets the best out of Marco Asensio, and the Espana international might be introduced later on depending upon the situation of the match.

Predicted 4-4-2 Real Madrid Lineup To Face Getafe
Predicted 4-4-2 Real Madrid Lineup To Face Getafe
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