The disciples of the Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti lead the championship with 69 points and nine points ahead of Sevilla, winner of Granada 4-2 on Friday, and hope to prolong the euphoria of the victory against Chelsea (3-1) in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the European Champions League.
The last training session before facing the Saturday commitment did not have the presence of the Frenchman Ferland Mendy, whose participation is still in doubt and his position could be occupied by the Brazilian Marcelo Vieira, who has not played as a starter since February 12, or José Ignacio Fernandez “Nacho”.
The trio formed by the Brazilian Carlos Casemiro, the German Toni Kroos and the Croatian Luka Modric seem very unlikely to meet Getafe.
Casemiro and Modric, who played the entire match in London, are booked and their participation in the crucial match against Sevilla next day would be in danger.
The Italian DT will surely bet from the beginning on the Brazilian Vinicius Júnior and the Frenchman Karim Benzema, the latter with 37 goals leading the scorers in the season and always responding when the squad needs him most.
The other place in Ancelotti’s 4-3-3 system will be disputed between Marco Asensio and the Brazilian Rodrygo Goes.
Those led by Enrique “Quique” Sánchez Flores will have the difficult mission of beating the meringues at the Bernabéu, something they haven’t achieved since 2008, when they won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Nigerian Ikechukwu Uche.
This time he loses the Uruguayan Mauro Arambarri and the Czech Jakub Jankto through suspension and Jaime Mata, injured, but he recovers Jorge Cuenca.
Program of day 31:
-Seville — Granada 4-2.
-Osasuna – Alaves.
-Spanish — Celtic.
-Elche — Royal Society.
-Levante — Barcelona.
-Lightning — Valencia.