Real Madrid broke unwanted nine-year record during Getafe win without Ronaldo

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Real Madrid are up and running in the Julen Lopetegui era.

Los Blancos claimed a comfortable 2-0 win over a deflated Getafe side at the Bernabeu on Sunday night, with goals from Dani Carvajal and Gareth Bale.

Lopetegui will be pleased to see his side bounce back from their 4-2 UEFA Super Cup defeat to city rivals Atletico.

And they displayed some silky, fluid attacking play against Getafe, with the new boss implementing his style from the get-go.

Dani Ceballos was handed a rare start, while Casemiro was on the bench - whether that is a permanent thing remains to be seen.

Of course, a lot of the talk before, during and after the game centred on Cristiano Ronaldo and how Los Blancos would manage without him.

They did just fine, with Bale and Marco Asensio really shining.

However, there was one thing that did emerge from the game which will go down as quite a big negative for the club.

The Independent report that the attendance at the Bernabeu on Sunday night was the lowest for nine years. 

Real Madrid CF v Getafe CF - La Liga

Just 48,466 turned out for Real's La Liga opener and the last time the figures were that low came in the club's 3-1 win over Mallorca in the final game of the 2008/09 season.

The irony of it all? That match was the last La Liga game they played before Ronaldo's arrival in the summer from Manchester United.

It just proves the value Ronaldo brings to a club and Juventus are likely to feel the positive effects in the coming weeks.

Were Lionel Messi to leave Barcelona, the Blaugrana probably suffer in the same manner.


Real's Nacho Fernandez spoke about Ronaldo's exit after the win over Getafe, stating that he feels Bale has nothing to prove in his absence.

“Bale does not have to fill Ronaldo’s shoes, they are two different players,” he said.

“Ronaldo’s time here was an era and he was very important to us, but Gareth is his own player and very important too, he does not need to prove his worth to anyone here.

“Everybody here is with Gareth including all the players, coaches and the fans – he is very happy at Madrid and he is playing like that, full of confidence.”

Julen Lopetegui
Marco Asensio
Dani Ceballos
Dani Carvajal
Real Madrid
Gareth Bale
Cristiano Ronaldo

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