Madrid's Top 2 Grow Whilst Getafe and Rayo Sink Towards Relegation

Paul WilkesFeatured ColumnistFebruary 16, 2014

GETAFE, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 16: Angel Di Maria (L) of Real Madrid CF competes for the ball with Diego Castro (R) of Getafe CF during the La Liga match between Getafe CF and Real Madrid CF at Coliseum Alfonso Perez on February 16, 2014 in Getafe, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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It was a mini-Madrid derby when Los Blancos made the short trip to the Coliseum Alfonso Perez. There isn't the same prestige or history in the matchas with their meeting with Atleticobut there's still an added importance.

The recent rise of Atleti and their ability to compete with their bitter rivals in one-off games, has added extra spice to their encounters.

At the top of the table, Madrid's top two clubs are level on points matching Barcelona. The race for the league title is very much on, even if the squad depths vary greatly.

For the last two seasons there has been four Madrid-based clubs in the Primera Division. That may not be the case next year.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 15:  Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona duels for the ball among Rayo Vallecano de Madrid players during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Rayo Vallecano de Madrid at Camp Nou on February 15, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Phot
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Rayo Vallecano plays with similar traits to those at the top of the league; the second highest in possession, fourth-highest pass completion rate and fifth highest shots per game, via

But some statistics let them down. No team has conceded as many goals or gathered as many red cards.

Paco Jemez's team press aggressively and high up the pitch, perhaps with better players his ethos would receive greater reward.

The 6-0 demolition by Barcelona won't be how the side is judged at the end of the season. Staying in the top flight will determine the success of the campaign.

With two wins in the last 11 league matches, Rayo are four points from safety. Though it's not just the lack of wins causing problems they can't seem to draw games.

They have won as many matches as both Malaga and Elche, but sit four and six points away from them respectively. Rayo need to start getting results in any manner in order to clamber up the table.

At Getafe it's their inability to find the net, which could see them ultimately drop down a division. They have scored just two goals in the last nine games and they both came in the same match with Real Sociedad.

Pedro Leon is the leading goalscorer with six and he is a winger. The lack of a consistent poacher in front of goal could cost the club their survival.

This was highlighted further in the game with Real Madrid. The whites were clinical as Jese and Karim Benzema produced cool and composed finishes.

Adrian Colunga seemed like he was going to take advantage of a Pepe mistake, but the Portuguese defender made up a lot of ground to catch the forward and produce a superb block.

As the second half began, Colunga was guilty of another wasted opportunity as Getafe were on the counter. It wasn't entirely surprising that he was substituted for Angel Lafita only six minutes after the miss.

When Juan Rodriguez failed to connect properly from a set-piece, it became glaringly obvious why Getafe haven't scored in four matches.

Real Madrid rarely got out of second gear as they controlled the game with ease and under little pressure.

With Madrid's opening two goals coming from inside the area, the Getafe back-line appeared to drop deeper and they were slow to close down shots from outside the box.

Angel di Maria gave them a warning sign, when his shot was saved by Miguel Angel Moya. Then, Luka Modric connected superbly with one to give Madrid a 3-0 victory.

Neither Rayo Vallecano nor Getafe would have expected to beat Spain's big two this weekend, but they will have been disappointed in the manner of their defeats.

Both clubs have different difficulties that they need to rectify sooner rather than later, otherwise they will be facing life in the Segunda.