Real Madrid vs. Getafe: 3 things that will shape the outcome of La Liga game

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There's likely to be something of a sombre mood in the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday night. In stark contrast to the goings on in Catalonia.

Real Madrid only have themselves to blame for letting a La Liga title that was theirs for the taking, slip from their grasp. A team that has three of the most expensive players in the world in Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez, will finish the season without a trophy of note.

The European Super Cup and Club World Cup aren't in quite the same league as La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League, with the greatest of respect.

In any event, Real still have to play Getafe before putting their feet up for their summer holidays so let's take a look at three things that will shape the outcome to this match...

Win or bust

Given the disappointments of the past couple of weeks, nothing less that a big home win will be acceptable to the Madrid faithful.

Whilst a La Liga triumph was largely dependant on Barcelona slipping up in the final weeks of the season, a Champions League final appearance at the very least was expected. The failure to achieve the same will have hit Los Blancos hard, and Florentino Perez is sure to already be considering his options.

Getafe are unlikely to be the most difficult of opponents having won just one of the last 12 meetings home and away. Indeed, we have to go back to 2008 for the last time Madrid's minnows took all three points from this venue. Carlo Ancelotti needs to see a reaction from his players to restore some much needed pride.

Pichichi Ronaldo

Whatever you perceive to be Cristiano Ronaldo's character, there is little doubt that he is one of the best, and most single-minded football players in the world. He absolutely lives for goals, and for winning. That might not sit well with some sections of the football family, but it's what everyone plays the game for isn't it?

This season, once again, the Portuguese hasn't disappointed with his goals return. Already three goals ahead of nearest Pichichi rival Lionel Messi, would anyone bet against him scoring yet another hat trick to round off another season of personal triumph? 

Flag-bearer Leon

Pedro Leon is a one-man Getafe show at present. Whilst almost all of his team mates form has dipped over these final weeks of the season, Leon stands tall and proud. Not for him a meek surrender.

If the visitors had 11 Pedro Leon's then it's highly likely that they wouldn't find themselves in their current predicament and might even be challenging the mid-table La Liga sides. Only 30 goals scored is the second worst in the league behind bottom-placed Cordoba, but that's not through the want of trying.

Leon remains head and shoulders above his team mates both in attitude and application and we'll see that again at the Santiago Bernabeu. 

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