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Garcia expects fired-up Real

Getafe coach Luis Garcia is not expecting Real Madrid to suffer from the recent fall-out at the club when they visit the Bernabeu on Sunday.

Real have spent the week denying allegations of a rift between coach Jose Mourinho and a group of key players at the Bernabeu, with the reigning champions currently third in the table, 15 points adrift of their arch-rivals Barcelona.

But Garcia does not believe the internal affairs will affect Real on the pitch, and thinks it could even bring an added unity to their team.

"It is not for me to comment on whether they are right or wrong," he said.

"Such a situation is going to make them show they are united and strong among themselves. Madrid still have to much to say in all competitions and might have more anger and more desire."

Real goalkeeper Iker Casillas will miss the game after being ruled out for up to three months with a hand injury and, although they have re-signed Diego Lopez, it is likely Antonio Adan will deputise against Getafe.

Garcia has hailed Casillas as the world's greatest goalkeeper but is aware Adan also now has a chance to shine.

"For me Casillas is the best in the world," he said.

"Adan is a good goalkeeper, but he has to prove it. If Adan has a good game in his (Casillas') absence it is forgotten."

Real defender Raphael Varane is the latest player to come out in support of Mourinho despite the persistent rumours of unrest.

The France Under-21 international has only made seven league appearances this season but the former Lens youngster is backing Mourinho.

"We are all with the coach," he said. "He's the best coach in the world and does a good job.

"We are all pulling in the same direction and sure we will find a positive dynamic."

Varane is still young and looking to improve on his own game, learning from some of the best players in the world at Madrid.

"I myself have to go game by game and progress, I have no specific targets fixed for myself," he said.

"All the players help me and I learn from them. To play and train with them is an honour."