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Real Madrid vs Getafe Live Football Soccer 9 April 2022

Julen Lopetegui will take charge of Real Madrid in La Liga for the first time on Sunday, when they host Getafe at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Lopetegui stepped in during a summer of transition for Los Blancos, who not only lost manager Zinedine Zidane but all-time top goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo too. It means the new boss has a big job on his hands if he’s to beat Barcelona and Atletico Madrid to the title this season.

Madrid are the big favourites for this fixture and should get off to a winning start. Getafe enjoyed a fine 2017-18 campaign, finishing in eighth position. They are renowned for being one of the more organised and aggressive teams in the Spanish top flight.

It will be a huge occasion for Lopetegui and his players. Here are the odds for the fixture and all the broadcast information needed to ensure this one isn’t missed.

Having lost Zidane and Ronaldo, Lopetegui would have been hoping for a big performance from his team on Wednesday in the UEFA Super Cup against city rivals Atletico Madrid. But a 4-2 loss after extra time likely concerned Los Blancos supporters.

While there were still some sparks in Real’s attacking play, they lacked control in midfield while Luka Modric was sat on the bench. In defence, there was a shortage of authority and intensity.

Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo and Raphael Varane were all involved in the FIFA World Cup knockout stages, so perhaps it was no surprise to see them a little jaded.

The latter, who was a key part of France’s victorious team, was singled out for criticism by SB Nation’s Lucas Navarrete:

But away from the defeat to Atletico, there have been some positive signs for Madrid despite the number of significant changes at the club.

Gareth Bale was in fine form during pre-season and is relishing his role as the key attacker in the side. His superb surge and cross set up Karim Benzema’s equalising goal against Atletico.

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