Quique Sánchez Flores loses a regular at Real Madrid-Getafe

Due to accumulation of yellow cards Mauro Arambarri will not be able to play at the Santiago Bernabéu next Saturday against Real Madrid. It is the worst possible news for Getafe, who this season cannot win when the Uruguayan midfielder has not been available. Quique Sánchez Flores will have to find a solution if he wants to have any chance against the leader of the league championship.

Getafe does not know the victory in the League without Arambarri

bad business for Quique Sanchez Floresthat he will have to fight against some overwhelming historical statistics in the Bernabéu and in front of an incontestable data this course. First, in their sixteen visits to the Real Madrid field, the azulón team has only won oncein the 2007/08 academic year (0-1); and, second, Arambarri has missed six games this campaign and Getafe has suffered five defeats and a draw.

Mauro Arambarri, in a match with Getafe (Photo: LaLiga).

Specifically, the Uruguayan international did not play the matches against Vallecano Ray (3-0), the Atletico Madrid (1-2), the Betis (2-0), the Seville (1-0), the Spanish (2-0) and the Athletic (1-1). In the Cup, he was not in the two Getafe qualifiers and the result was not good either. His team won Mollerussa without him (1-5) and then was humiliated by Atlético Baleares (5-0).

The alternatives to replace the Uruguayan have not yet worked

Immovable in the Getafe scheme for five seasons forming a couple with his fellow sufferer Nemanja Maksimovićhis substitutes when he has been out, have not managed to maintain the level.

Before the Lightning, it was Calla center-back whom Míchel placed in midfield in an experiment that turned out to be fatal; against Atlético, he played louis florentine; he also did it against Betis, although also accompanied by David Timor in a line of five midfielders, the same as against Espanyol only with Oscar instead of Timor; against Sevilla, Getafe played again with Florentino; and against Athletic, Quique opted for Gonzalo Villar.

Quique Sánchez Flores, during Athletic-Getafe (Photo: LaLiga).
Quique Sánchez Flores, during Athletic-Getafe (Photo: LaLiga).

Arambarri’s absences have been caused by two reasons: injuries and sanctions, never by technical decision. And of his six absences, four came without the winter signings. Almost always, his replacement has been Florentino. Now, Quique has a wider range to change Arambarri after arrivals in January Oscar Rodriguez, Ok Yokulu and Gonzalo Villar.

Gonzalo Villar, the desired by the azulona fans

Of all the possible options to replace Arambarri, that of Gonzalo Villar is the favorite of the Getafe fans. The player loaned by the Rome offers a different profile away from the muscle that has prevailed in the Madrid team both at the time of Jose Bordalás as in that of Quique Sánchez Flores.

Gonzalo Villar contributes more technique than the rest of his rivals for the position. He has a good foot, he is exquisite in the treatment of the ballbut he lacks the tension and muscle of Arambarri, Óscar, Okay or Florentino, players more adaptable to a more conservative approach like the one that Quique may use at the Santiago Bernabéu.

Gonzalo Villar, Mahou's Best Five-Star Player in March (Photo: Getafe CF)
Gonzalo Villar, Mahou’s Best Five-Star Player in March (Photo: Getafe CF)

However, the details of quality that Gonzalo Villar has shown in his few appearances since he arrived at Getafe in January, have left the Getafe fan wanting more. He has only been a starter oncein San Mamés, and there went pretty unnoticed in a very physical match by both sides.

But against Espanyol, and last day against Mallorca, he showed a couple of house-brand actions. In both duels, he hardly played the last minutes, although they were brilliant. In front of the ‘parakeet’ box he gave an exceptional pass that left Sandro Ramirez only before Diego López. He missed and was about to give Getafe a point, which eventually lost 1-0.

And last weekend, who did not make a mistake was Borja Mayoral. Gonzalo Villar leaked a spectacular pass to his teammate, who scored the only goal of the game for Getafe to add three very important points in their aspirations to continue in the First Division. Quique ended up delighted with his player and later acknowledged that due to various circumstances he has not been able to give him more minutes.

Quique Sánchez Flores does not want to take risks

Now, he will have a big dilemma to face Real Madrid without Arambarri. Gonzalo Villar is a name that is on the table, but it is risky. He may still have to wait for another chance and to go along with Maksimovic, the chosen one could be Óscar Rodrígueza player with a lot of quality in his boots and more fight. But with or without Villar, the fate of Getafe, without Arambarri, is complicated. He usually loses, because he is practically irreplaceable.