Less than 72 hours after giving the most vexation of the season, Real Madrid returns to the field in the classic against Valencia. The match, which is part of the schedule of the twenty-first round of the Spanish Championship 2017/2018 edition, will be held from 13:15 (Brasília time) at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia.
Valencia’s recent performance
Valencia went through dramatic moments on Wednesday, January 24. After beating Alavés 2-1 in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Spanish King’s Cup, he was defeated at the home of his rival on the same score. After a goalless draw in overtime, he left the field celebrating his victory in the penalty shoot-out that secured him a place in the semifinal of the competition.
Proof of the solidity of the group of players who have achieved a campaign far above what was expected in the Spanish Championship. Valencia are in third place in the standings. He added 40 points (12 wins, five draws and four losses). Are three points less than Atletico Madrid, deputy leader of LaLiga.
To maintain the good performance, coach Marcelino Garcia Toral will have to dribble some problems before Real Madrid. Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista (16 matches in the 2017/2018 Spanish Championship without a goal), who was hired by Arsenal, and also defender Ruben Vezo (nine games, no goal), which is Portuguese, are out of the plans. They were sent off in a 2-1 defeat to Las Palmas away from home in the previous round of the tournament. They will have to comply with automatic suspension.
They should not, however, be the only casualties. Defenders Jeison Murillo (eight games, no goal) and Javier Jimenez (without performances) and midfielder Carlos Soler (15 games, one goal) are in the care of the medical department. They must be submitted to the new evaluation that will determine if they will be able to be available to the coach.
The current form of Real Madrid
Drama can also be used to describe what happened to Real Madrid on Wednesday. After beating Leganés, outside their domains in the quarterfinals of the King’s Cup, 1-0, he had the advantage of playing at the Santiago Bernabeu needing only a draw. It took 2 to 1 and ended up being eliminated in the tie-breaker due to the away goal scored by the rival.
At the end of the game, coach Zinedine Zidane said that was his worst moment since taking command of the meringues. However, some of the blame for the elimination can be put into the account of your arrogance. Even with the team playing poorly and having difficulties in the previous stages, it chose to put on the field a team full of reserves. The Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo (15 games in the Spanish 2017/2018 Championship, six goals) was not even related to the reserve bench.
The bad performances even in victories and the bad campaign in LaLiga already had been raising questions about the security of the employment of Zidane. Elimination in the Copa del Rey certainly complicates the situation even more. Thus, the duel of the eighth-finals of the Champions League of Europe may become decisive for whether or not the technician in charge.
However, he can not just leave the Spanish League aside. With 35 points (ten wins, five draws and four losses). It is in the fourth position. In this situation, he would not even be able to secure a place in the group stage of the next edition of the Champions League. It would have to go through an eliminatory phase.
In this fight, the biggest rival is just Valencia, who has five points of advantage. To try to narrow that gap, Zidane must pitch all his top athletes on Saturday.
History of the matches between Valencia and Real Madrid
Acting in their domains in the first round of the 2017/2018 English League season, Real Madrid did not go 2-2 against Valencia.
Valencia have no reason to take chances in the match. All the pressure is on the backs of the Capital team’s athletes. Acting at home, he can close and wait for the chances of counterattacking. The setting makes the tie a good choice for guess. The equality quotation is 4.33 in Bet365. Victory of the constituents pays 5.00 and of the visitors yield 1.61. Quotes were in effect at 13:26 on 1/25/2018.