Getafe vs. Real Madrid: Rating the Madrid Players
So, Real Madrid are still to claim their first victory of the 2012-13 La Liga campaign after their short trip to Getafe left them empty-handed come 90 minutes.
Jose Mourinho’s side always appeared to lack a sense of urgency from the kickoff and were simply not clinical enough in their forward surges, leaving the hosts open for the win.
Here’s a player by player breakdown of just who were the heroes, and who were the villains for the visitors in this weekend encounter.
Iker Casillas: C
Los Merengues were dominated at the set piece and while the ‘keeper is usually expected to help out in those scenarios, Casillas did little to benefit his side.
The Real veteran wasn’t tested often enough to earn any man of the match performances, but came up short when he needed to deliver the goods.
Juan Valera’s headed goal was from quite a distance but Casillas may have done better with the attempt, had he positioned himself more appropriately.
There wasn’t much that could be done about Getafe’s winner as it was just a brilliant passage of play, but an altogether rusty showing from Real’s No.1.
Sergio Ramos: C+
Ramos has really evolved in the last two years and Sunday’s fixture was evidence that the Spaniard is now very much accustomed to his centre-back role.
However, the 26-year-old is still totally accountable for his part in the conceding of the two goals.
It was a mixture of fault from Ramos and Xabi Alonso as to who should have been marking Juan Valera, but the outcome was nevertheless a goal.
Barrada’s match winner was thanks to a lack in communication between midfield and attack, which left Ramos out of position when it came to marking the Moroccan.
Raul Albiol: C-
Albiol was always going to have a tough night in the absence of Pepe, living by comparison to his Portuguese teammate.
That said, the centre-back hasn’t had the greatest chance at first-team football in recent seasons and it showed against Getafe.
Despite being one of Real’s burlier defenders, Albiol failed to use his physicality to his advantage and gave Adrián Colunga way too much time on the ball in the buildup to Getafe’s second goal.
Alvaro Arbeloa: C+
Arbeloa was pretty much unnoticeable for the entirety of this game, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing given the circumstances.
The former Liverpool man restricted any surges that were made by Castro down his flank and kept his side of defensive bargain for pretty much the whole game.
Could have done a little more in helping out the attack, but certainly not the worst player on the night.
I apologize in advance to any modern football advocates, but the role of a full-back, for me, is still primarily to defend.
There’s no doubt that Marcelo is in that Real Madrid side to function as a second winger and help in attack but the Brazilian was caught out of position so many times, it almost cancelled out any forward runs.
Lafita had a field day in pouncing on any Marcelo mishaps and the Real player put a heap of pressure on his team that they certainly didn’t need.
Mesut Özil: C-
Mesut Özil's first-half open goal miss eventually had a massive impact on how this game played out. Had he scored from several yards out, we could be talking about a very different result.
However, it was not to be and the German international already has a contender for miss of the season.
Fortunately, Özil's passing was consistent enough throughout, giving him a saving grace.
Xabi Alonso: C
It's sad to say that Alonso was probably one of Real's better players on the night, and even his display wasn't all that.
The midfielder played the role of puppeteer but a few of his sprayed passes failed to find the target up top and just resulted in a gifting of the possession to the opponents.
It was also Alonso that was caught up in a marking nightmare with Sergio Ramos for Getafe's first goal.
Lassana Diarra: D+
Poor in possession, Diarra looked slightly out of his depth in this match, not completely in sync with those around him.
Rusty passing is expected in the first few fixtures of any campaign but Diarra gave the ball away far too cheaply on far too many occasions.
The Frenchman was replaced on the hour mark, and unsurprisingly so.
Angel Di Maria: B
In these sort of matches, an average performance might actually put you in a better light than a lot of your teammates.
Such is Di Maria's showing that despite a fairly average display, the Argentine was still one of Real's better players.
Providing the pass for Gonzalo Higuain to score from, Di Maria teased the Getafe defence with his driving runs and was one of but a few showing any signs of penetration.
Cristiano Ronaldo: C+
As the above photo would suggest, Getafe piled the pressure on Cristiano Ronaldo and the Portuguese talisman was more than slightly restricted for the game's length.
Still managing to get a few efforts on goal, Ronaldo was kept quiet for the most part.
After netting against Barcelona in midweek, it's understandable that Ronaldo might have been slightly tired for this fixture, and it showed at times.
Gonzalo Higuain: B-
The sole scorer for his side, Gonzalo Higuain led the line well for Real Madrid but could have done with better service from time to time.
The Argentine failed to add to his first-half tally but managed to break down the Getafe back four on several occasions, creating the threat almost on his own.