Real Madrid travel the short distance to Getafe on Sunday afternoon knowing only a win will do.
Atletico Madrid (3-0) and Barcelona (6-0) both posted resounding victories on Saturday to move three points clear of Carlo Ancelotti's men in the table, and they must now reciprocate with a victory.
The Azulones, on the other hand, will be looking to put more distance between themselves and the dreaded La Liga relegation zone.
Here, B/R will provide live player ratings—updated at both half-time and full-time!—for Los Blancos.
|Player||Position||H/T Rating||F/T Rating|
|Angel Di María||CM||7||8|
|Isco (on 74')||CF||N/A||6|
|Asier Illarramendi (on 80')||CM||N/A||6|
|Casemiro (on 83')||CM||N/A||6|
Real Madrid XI
Diego Lopez: Didn't have a lot to do, but looked sharp and ready whenever he was called into action.
Alvaro Arbeloa: Saw little of the ball and little pressure from the opposition. Solid, unspectacular.
Pepe: Made up for a mistake with an incredible tracking tackle, dealt with Getafe's attackers well overall.
Sergio Ramos: Alongside Pepe, Ramos was excellent on the ground and in the air.
Marcelo: Some strong surges forward were quelled, and Madrid largely played without him in the final third. Grabbed an assist, technically, for Luka Modric's goal.
Xabi Alonso: Quiet, but efficient, in the midfield engine room as usual.
Luka Modric: Not his usual dominant self, but was fouled constantly to disrupt his influence. Got a yellow card for hand-ball and scored a cracking 20-yard effort.
Angel Di María: A star in central midfield, leading rabid counterattacks and making things happen between the lines.
Gareth Bale: Missed a great chance to make it 3-0, but generally effective in the direct system Carlo Ancelotti has set out. Hardly his finest game, though.
Karim Benzema: Took his goal superbly and set Bale up for a good chance at 2-0. Strong overall showing.
Jesé: Took just five minutes to grab a superb individual goal. Rapier-like on the counterattack.