Real Madrid begin Spanish league 2018-2019 with a 2-0 win at home against Getafe this Sunday. The match result may stop doubts for the moment and reassure fans after the defeat in the European Supercup against Atletico Madrid.
With the goals from Dani Carvajal (20) and Gareth Bale (51), Real Madrid sealed victory at Santiago Bernabéu. However, Gareth Bale hit the bar with a diving header before turning Marco Asensio`s cross a mark in the scoresheet. Asensio hit the post in the second half as Real cruised without adding a third.
Asensio hit the post in the second half as Real cruised without adding a third.
With these 3 points, Real Madrid join Barcelona, Sevilla, Levante, Real Sociedad and Huesca as the teams that have started the league with the victory.
After the departures of former coach Zinedine Zidane and five-time FIFA Ballon d`Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo, the great two pillars of last season, Madrid’s castle faced a severe blow in Tallinn against Atletico Madrid (4-2) in the European Supercup. It raised doubts about the competitiveness of the squad and the need for reinforcement before the transfer market shuts down.
The Costa Rican Keylor Navas kept his bow unbeaten against the `azulones`, in a match in which Julen Lopetegui chose him as a starter, leaving the new signing Thibaut Courtois, a very tough competition for the Costa Rican goalkeeper, as the substitute.
The bottom line of this match is, Julen Lopetegui’s team did not give Getafe a chance in a match they controlled from the first minute.
However, Lopetegui surprised everyone with his lineup. He left Varane, Modric, and Casemiro on the bench and played Nacho Fernandez, Daniel Ceballos and Isco. Lopetegui still looks unpredictable with his starting lineup since the preseason. Perhaps he is working on introducing new starting lineup altering the starting lineup of Zidane.