Ever wondered what it would be like to travel with the Real Madrid team?
Thankfully, Emirates has answered that question!
On board the iconic Emirates A380, their new video release features club captain Sergio Ramos, Brazilian Marcelo, Welsh wizard Gareth Bale, German enforcer Toni Kroos and midfield hardman Casemiro being looked after by Emirates Cabin Crew – who show off their very own football skills 40,000ft in the air!
Watch the Los Blancos stars enjoy immaculate service in the First Class section and take advantage of the aircraft’s world-class facilities during a flight from Dubai to the Spanish capital.
Cristiano Ronaldo posted a picture of himself and team-mates Marcelo and Casemiro about to board a plane to Paris on Monday.
The Real Madrid club legend is gearing up for Los Blancos’ second-leg last 16 clash at the Parc des Princes, with Zinedine Zidane’s men carrying over a 3-1 aggregate advantage.
The Whites have now landed in the French capital ahead of Tuesday’s match.
Club captain Sergio Ramos also uploaded an image onboard.
— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) March 5, 2018
Gareth Bale opened the scoring after the ball fell to him inside the box while Ronaldo danced past a couple of players and scored to make it 2-0 at half-time.
The Portuguese – who had a goal wrongly ruled out for offside – stuck again in the second half after Getafe pull a goal back through Francisco Portillo’s controversial penalty.
Here, we look at three things we learned from the encounter.
RONALDO HITTING PEAK FORM
It’s been a strange season for Ronaldo. Despite his exploits in the Champions League, his La Liga form – like Madrid’s – has left a lot to be desired.
However, the Portuguese has come into his own since the turn of the year. In the last eight fixtures in all competitions, he’s scored 14 goals, failing to hit the back of the net in only one. He couldn’t have timed his resurgence any better.
Zinedine Zidane has spotted the rising levels in Ronaldo’s displays as well and has been wise to ensure that he maintains that steady upward trend, resting him on occasion in order to avoid an otherwise inevitable trough.
With the league well out of reach, the Frenchman has left the 33-year-old out of the squad for trips to Leganes and Espanyol of late, reserving his energy. The game against Getafe was a good opportunity for Ronaldo to get some minutes and a couple of goals under his belt before the trip to Paris Saint-Germain for the decisive Champions League Round of 16 second leg clash.
REAL WILL WELCOME VAR
La Liga will officially implement the use of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) from the start of next season and after the events of the encounter against Getafe at the Bernabeu on Saturday night, Madrid will hardly have any complaints.
It’s not as if the match was at all crucial to Madrid’s targets for the remainder of the campaign, but wouldn’t have been pleased when the linesman wrongly ruled out his goal in the 67th minute.
Moments before that offside call, Getafe were afforded a route back into the game via a penalty which was incorrectly awarded for a foul on Jorge Molina but replays showed that Nacho got the ball in what was a clean last-ditch tackle.
Portillo however stepped up and converted the penalty to halve the deficit for the visitors.
VASQUEZ MAY START IN PARIS
The clash against Getafe was always viewed as a warm-up for Madrid’s crucial Champions League clash with PSG in midweek and despite his insistence that his side are still fighting for the La Liga title, Zidane’s selection and substitutions confirmed that.
Marcelo was afforded less than half an hour of action while Ronaldo was hooked off with 12 minutes to go.
Meanwhile, Lucas Vasquez has put in some fine performances recently but was an unused substitute against Getafe after starting the previous four games in which he picked up four assists and a goal.
With a 3-1 lead to protect, Zidane may have rested the industrious Spaniard to have him fresh for PSG.