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Real Madrid receives this Saturday from 2:00 pm (Colombian time) with transmission of ESPN 3, the visit of Getafe in the match corresponding to day 31 of LaLiga Santander, with the intention of prolonging the euphoria of the victory against Chelsea (1-3) in the Champions League to continue smoothly or stumbling in their race to the title, while Getafe, who have already beaten the meringues at the Coliseum, will try to cause a surprise in a scenario in which they have not won since 2008.

Ancelotti’s team, leader with 69 points, does not want to let go of that 12-point advantage over FC Barcelona, ​​second in the table with one game in hand, and start dreaming of a double, even more so after the Whites’ great game at Stamford Bridge (1-3) that left their pass to the semifinals of the Champions League on track.

The merengue team, now installed in a state of joy, came out very strengthened from their visit to London, with an excellent Karim Benzema and a display of tactical intelligence by Ancelotti that annulled the ‘blue’ strategy. Minutes of solidity and a clear game idea, something that the whites had lacked against Barça, falling resoundingly in their fiefdom (0-4), and in Balaídos, where they settled a match with two penalties converted by the ‘9’ French.

With pending visits to Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán, El Sadar and Wanda Metropolitano, in this final stretch of LaLiga Santander, this match against Getafe may seem, a priori, one of the most affordable. Although the whites will not have to relax to continue defending tooth and nail that first place, only threatened by Barça from afar, when there are only eight games left for the end of the competition.

Thus, Real Madrid, who have recovered their self-esteem, are aware that the title is in their hands as they depend on themselves and they will not want to throw away the work of the entire season, without last-minute scares that would give life and options at their pursuers, who look askance at each white step. In addition, the Madrid club has not chained two consecutive defeats at its stadium since March 2019.

The last training session before facing the ‘azulón’ club did not have the presence of Mendy, whose participation is in doubt after the effort in the Champions League, so it could make way for Marcelo, who already played in the match of the first back and has not started since February 12, or Nacho, who could also rest Alaba or Militao, warned.

Those who, in principle, will not rotate will be Vinicius and Benzema. The Frenchman, with 37 goals this season, is the leader and the raison d’être of a team that always responds and gives the best version of itself with the ‘9’ on the pitch.

For their part, Getafe will have the difficult mission of achieving a victory at the Bernabéu that has eluded them since 2008, when they won 1-0 thanks to a solitary goal from Nigerian Ikechukwu Uche, taking advantage of a white mistake by annulling a goal for offside.

Quique Sánchez Flores’ men are fourteenth in the table with 32 points, six above the relegation places marked by Mallorca. Precisely, they come from beating (1-0) the vermilion team on the last day, to chain three days without losing and take a big step towards the goal of salvation.

But Getafe’s biggest scourge this season is its poor performance away from the Coliseum, and that is that it is still waiting for its first win as a visitor this season, with seven draws and eight losses that place it as the fourth worst team away from its fiefdom in Santander League.

Quique Sánchez Flores has managed to consolidate a reliable block that continues to rise and that he will be able to maintain at the Bernabéu, except for the absences of Arambarri and Jankto, due to suspension, and Mata, injured. He recovers Cuenca, who will return to the defensive line, while between Gonzalo Villar and Óscar Rodríguez will be the substitute for the Uruguayan midfielder. In attack, Mayoral, to the detriment of Sandro Ramírez, could be Ünal’s companion.

*With information from EuropaPress.