Real madrid 2-0 getafe laliga santander result, goals –

Whether or not the new manager will be seen as a suitable replacement in the dugout will not be decided tonight. Players, however, do have the chance to provide that short-term belief in their future standing. The Bale-Benzema-Asensio frontline has had a chance to bed-in over the summer and tonight they will be tasked with breaking down the well-organised Getafe backline as early as possible. If they can, this could be an enjoyable night for Los Blancos as more and more space opens up. If not, expect the natives to get restless.

Some interesting decisions then from Lopetegui (which we’ve looked at here). And as far as that statement from the preview is concerned "The kings are dead. Long live the…", we’ll have to see. No Modric in the XI – one of those tipped to step up to lead the Cristiano-less side to new glories – and the manager putting faith in a player who didn’t see much pitch time under Zidane.

Dani Ceballos has impressed in pre-season and has now been given a stage to show the watching masses what he is capable of. Can he keep his head?

As we said in the preview, Getafe come into this game with the pressure off and potentially catching their opponents at a good time – doubts exist, it would be fair to say. Improving on last season’s 8th position may be asking a lot, but Bordalás will not be turning up just for the occasion. There are always upsets in the opening weekend…

There is plenty of pressure of the shoulders of Madrid‘s new manager Julen Lopetegui (and those of club president Florentino Pérez) and there is a feeling that tonight’s result will influence decisions made regarding potential new faces coming in. A comfortable – and impressive – victory is likely to be followed with statements along the lines of ‘look, we’re alright with what we’ve got’, while anything else will have supporters screaming for the chequebook to be opened ahead of the August 31 transfer deadline.

This would have been an ideal introduction for what has happened over a tumultuous summer at the Santiago Bernabéu. The loss of manager Zinedine Zidane, shortly followed by the exit of their talisman over the last decade, Cristiano Ronaldo, has left a void both on the field and on the sidelines. And the problem is, no one is entirely sure if there are men to fill their sizeable shoes.

Julen Lopetegui steps into the managerial role with an unusually large burden already weighing him down. Not only does he have to live up to the standards set by his predecessor (just a triple-Champions League winner and Liga title to boot) but he has seen his perceived two rivals – Barça and Atlético – strengthen while, most would argue, his side has not. Add to that the finger-wagging disapproval from many Spaniards after the World Cup shambles, and tonight’s opening game is seen as a must-win affair. Getafe

Getafe, for their part, could well be delighted to start their season away to the European champions of the last three campaigns. There is no pressure, other than that of their own professional making, on Pepe Bordalás’ side, and there is little to suggest that their style of play will vary much from that of their last campaign, one that saw them finish a very respectable eighth. Having the ball is not their aim; preventing the opposition from doing damage is.