Real Madrid’s woeful start to the new La Liga season continued last night as Getafe humbled Los Blancos and took a 2-1 victory at La Coliseum. Goals from Juan Valera and Abdelaziz Barrada turned the game around in the second half after Gonzalo Higuain had given Real the lead, which infuriated boss Jose Mourinho so much that he publicly blasted his star studded team. Having now lost two and drawn one of their three games so far it stands as one of the worst beginnings to a new campaign in decades for Madrid.
“It was an unacceptable match,” the Portuguese manager said. “Getafe deserved to win and I congratulate them. I’m not frustrated because in terms of the match I am not surprised”. Mourinho was particularly unhappy at the set-piece defending which led to Valera’s equaliser, especially after conceding a similar goal against Valencia last week. “We have been doing more work than ever on dead ball situations and we cannot work any harder on organisation.”
Madrid have taken just a single point from their two league games and already face a five point deficit behind rivals Barcelona who fought back to beat Osasuna on Saturday. Mourinho admitted that it was undoubtedly a bad start ahead of the Supercopa decider on Wednesday at the Bernabeu.
Madrid have been below-par in their two league games so far. The squad have looked devoid of any attacking nous despite Cristiano Ronaldo’s predatory instincts. Gonzalo Higuain has been the only league scorer so far for Madrid with their two goals and the midfield has looked sluggish and lacking any ideas. Maybe the addition of Luka Modric will reinvigorate a Madrid team seemingly stuck in pre-season mode. Mourinho was quick to prevent any stories of a ‘reaction buy’ to circulate in spite of the seemingly endless saga which has drawn on throughout the summer.
The Croatian midfielder comes in from Tottenham for around £30million and will bolster the creativity of the reigning champions. Modric’s signing is Madrid’s first of the summer and will give help to the likes of Alonso, Ozil and Callejon throughout the season. It further suggests that Mourinho is favouring a slick and passing style of play, perhaps disposing of the robust Lassana Diarra and the underachieving Kaka.
Modric is expected to miss the all important Supercopa second leg instead to build up his match fitness but could feature against Granada on Sunday. Mourinho will be even unhappier if his team’s first victory comes in that match and not on Wednesday.
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