Real Madrid visited a Valencia team who haven’t been able to record a win since the arrival of their new manager, Gary Neville, but they were still unable to come out with the three points.

Starting Lineup:

Rafael Benitez decided to make a few changes to the starting lineup as he left players like Raphael Varane, Isco, and James Rodriguez on the bench. The starting lineup consisted of:

Keylor Navas, Danilo, Pepe, Sergio Ramos [C], Marcelo, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, Mateo Kovacic, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Karim Benzema


Valencia –
Daniel Parejo (45′)
Paco Alcacer (83′)

Real Madrid –
Karim Benzema (16′)
Gareth Bale (82′)

Mateo Kovacic:

Mateo Kovacic was the man chosen to start the match and he actually really impressed and did his job quite well. He also made some dangerous runs at times to open up the Valencia defense. Unfortunately for the Croatian though, he was not able to continue the full game as one extremely stupid decision led to a straight red card. From that moment onwards, there was no denying that this game was going to be even more difficult than it already was…


What a forgettable night for Pepe as both goal conceded were completely his fault! His weird and questionable tackle in the first half led to the penalty, which was scored by Daniel Parejo while his horrific positioning in the second half gave Paco Alcacer the full freedom needed to get his header into the back of the net. With Raphael Varane 100% fit and on the bench, one has to wonder why Rafael Benitez chose not to start with the Frenchman.

Gareth Bale:

Until this very day, I genuinely do not understand why people are so against Gareth Bale! There is no denying that the Welsh midfielder was the man-of-the-match and came out with a great performance from start to finish. Gareth Bale was also able to get his name on the scoresheet with a magnificent header in the second half but, unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to win the game for Los Merengues.


Isco & James:

Two great players on the bench throughout the full ninety minutes while Real Madrid were struggling… How does that even make any sense?? This is just getting ridiculous and, honestly speaking, don’t be too surprised if you hear that Isco is actually planning to join Manchester City at some point soon.

Rafael Benitez:


My Personal  Player Ratings:

Keylor Navas – 7/10
Danilo – 6.5/10
Pepe – 3/10
Sergio Ramos – 8/10
Marcelo – 7/10
Toni Kroos – 8.5/10
Luka Modric – 7.5/10
Gareth Bale – 9.5/10
Mateo Kovacic – 7.5/10
Cristiano Ronaldo – 5/10
Karim Benzema – 7/10