This weekend, Real Madrid will take on Getafe in what will be a pivotal match for Los Blancos.
When: Sunday, Jan. 27 at 6:00 p.m. ET
Where: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain
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It's not the only reason why, but one factor in play is that the match will be the club's league outing since ESPN.com reported that manager Jose Mourinho had given up on executing a late-season comeback, and was residing in the fact that Real had no chance at catching Barcelona.
Given this gap the Portuguese coach told French press agency RMC Sport that, even with 18 games remaining this season, it was already time to look to other competitions.
"La Liga is impossible now, the gap is enormous," Mourinho said. "This is a different championship to previous ones and we must focus on other objectives, like the Copa and the Champions League."
Getafe isn't exactly a marquee opponent for a squad that hopes to contend for Europe's most respected club honor, but securing a victory after a tumultuous week will be welcomed by supporters of Los Blancos.
Heading into the match, Madrid will be coming off an all-important 1-1 draw in the quarterfinals of the 2012-13 Cope del Rey with Valencia, which sees Los Blancos advance to the semifinals of the tournament, where they'll face either Barcelona or Malaga.
Mourinho's side will advance because they handed Valencia an embarrassing 5-0 loss in the first leg of their Quarterfinal clash.
At the other end of the pitch, Getafe have gone without a win in their last eight matches, so they're the perfect opponent for Real Madrid to continue its resurgence against.
Ultimately, if Cristiano Ronaldo, Xabi Alonso and company can execute the game plan, Mourinho's club will continue to gather momentum.
And they'll need it if the manager is sincere in his quest to win the 2013 Champions League.