Barcelona and Atletico Madrid both won easily yesterday, putting the pressure back on Real Madrid to keep up with the pace in La Liga.
Los Blancos visit Getafe this afternoon and a win for Carlo Ancelotti’s men would draw them level again on points with the leaders. They will have to do so of course, without Cristiano Ronaldo, who serves the second of his three-game ban.
And Marca goes with quotes from Ancelotti on the front page if today’s edition, saying the punishment was too harsh. In his press conference ahead of the game, Ancelotti admitted Madrid are still working on getting the ban reduced.
“He’s fine and he doesn’t have any problems. He played very well against Atlético Madrid. He’s obviously not happy because he wants to play in every game but we have to wait for the decision. It’s strange. We lodged the appeal on Tuesday so they’ve had time to make a decision. Fortunately, we’re not used to preparing matches without Ronaldo. We’ve done it a few times because of an injury and it’s the same. It’s not different,” he said.
AS runs another story on Jese Rodriguez, who has taken much of the headlines in recent weeks. The 20-year-old had scored seven goals in his debut season for Los Blancos since being promoted to the first team. If he scores three more this year, he will draw level with club legend Raul, who scored 10 goals in his opening campaign at the Santiago Bernabeu.