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The Coliseum is a difficult ground for Real Madrid

With the international break drawing to a close the focus at Real Madrid returns to domestic matters, with Zinedine Zidane and his charges facing Getafe at the Estadio Coliseum Alfonso Perez which has proven to be a difficult stadium for Los Blancos to win at in the past.

Of the 12 visits the club has made to the home of their local rivals, Real have managed to take just 22 points from a possible 36.

This ensures that Getafe’s stadium is the fifth worst venue for the defending European champions since 2014.

Only at the Camp Nou, Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Estadio de la Ceramica and the Estadio Riazor have the club dropped more points.

Real Madrid’s fortunes at the Estadio Coliseum Alfonso Perez have seemed cursed since their very first appearance, way back in 2005.

Raul Albiol gave Los Blancos a first half lead, only for the hosts to turn the match around courtesy of goals from Riki and Santiago Solari, the 2-1 defeat ending the club’s chance of winning the title that year.

Los Blancos currently sit seven points behind LaLiga leaders Barcelona, and as such the trip across Madrid couldn’t come at a worse time because Zidane cannot afford any more domestic slip-ups.

The poor run of form at their rivals’ home must be ended on Saturday afternoon, otherwise there is an even greater risk of failing to defend their domestic crown.

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