Despite the crisis going on behind the scenes, Real Madrid will remain the favorites against Getafe in this weekend's La Liga fixture.
Jose Mourinho has always thrived by creating a kind of siege mentality at his clubs, but this probably isn't what he had in mind.
Dermot Corrigan of ESPN FC has done a good job of chronicling the recent news reported by Marca. The Spanish paper made allegations that some players at the club have spoken to Florentino Perez about their refusal to stay at Real Madrid should Mourinho remain the manager
It's particularly surprising considering how favorable Marca treats Madrid. You'd be forgiven if you mistook the paper for Madrid's personal publicist at times.
The situation in the Santiago Bernabeu is completely toxic, but it's not going to significantly hurt on the pitch. There's one thing the players and Mourinho have in common at the moment: a desire to win the Champions League.
The biggest reason Mourinho was brought in was to deliver the club's elusive 10th European title. He would love nothing more than to stick it to his naysayers by following through on his mandate.
He had plenty of critics at Inter Milan, but left a beloved figure after beating Bayern Munich in the 2010 Champions League Final.
Real Madrid is full of world-class players. They're complete professionals, and they can put aside whatever trouble is happening in the dressing room. It's ridiculous to think that Madrid's squad would cast aside a Champions League campaign in order to prove a point.
In fact, the players might take their anger out against their opposition.
For Getafe, that's not a pleasant thought. Madrid was already out for revenge after losing the two teams' first meeting 2-1 in the second match of the season. Now there's the added motivation of the problems with Mourinho.
As The Guardian reported, Madrid will be without Iker Casillas, who broke his hand against Valencia in the Copa del Rey. It will be a tough loss, but the club will get by just fine.
Getafe is coming in on a poor run of form, failing to pick up a win in its last six matches. For the season, the club has managed to get only 11 of its 26 points away from home.
Madrid, on the other hand, is unbeaten at home, picking up 23 points out of a possible 27.
The talent gap is simply too great for Getafe to make up, no matter what is happening behind the scenes at the Bernabeu.
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