This has become a recurring theme over the past few weeks, but with the confirmation that Barcelona are around the corner, the state of Madrid’s defense has become an absolute priority.
The long list of injuries and suspended players keeps getting longer for Real Madrid, Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Fabio Coentrao are all ruled out for the clash against the Catalans.
The match against Getafe, in which the lineup will most likely be Antonio Adán, Alvaro Arbeloa, Raphaël Varane, Raul Albiol and Fabio Coentrao, will be a good way to gauge who is in form for the Clasico.
That would be the same as the two last matches against Valencia, with the exception of Adán who replaces the injured Casillas.
That is, if Mourinho doesn’t chose to leave Coentrao on the bench, considering that he won’t be available for the game against Barcelona. In any case, how sturdy Madrid's defense proves against Getafe will either have Merengues reassured, or dreading to see how they cope with the likes of Lionel Messi and Andrés Iniesta.