Real Madrid visited Valencia for the first out of two games in hand this season as many were already counting these three points for Los Merengues but the first ten minutes of the match practically determined how the rest of the game would go.

Starting Lineup:

Zinedine Zidane knew the threat that Valencia could be and therefore he decided that he would not be taking any unnecessary risks by naming a strong team. The starting eleven consisted of:

Keylor Navas, Daniel Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos [C], Marcelo, Carlos Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, James Rodriguez, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Karim Benzema


Valencia –
Simone Zaza (5′)
Fabian Orellana (9′)

Real Madrid –
Cristiano Ronaldo (44′)

The First 10 Minutes:

It looked like Real Madrid came out to this match thinking that they already had three points in the bag as they looked asleep during the first ten minutes. Nothing was working out, their passes were embarrassing, and their attempts at defending were laughable. Unfortunately, they paid dearly for it as goals by Zaza and Orellana secured a two-goal cushion for them after only nine minutes. After that, Los Blancos finally found their footing but it was simply too late to really make any major damage.

Raphael Varane:

This is actually a little difficult for me to write considering how much I love Raphael Varane but he was absolutely shockingly horrible against Valencia! He should shoulder the majority of the blame for both conceded goals and he’s quite lucky that two other massive mistakes from him didn’t lead to more goals for the hosts. He will bounce back from this but it’s definitely a match that he will want to forget.

Toni Kroos:

Real Madrid’s shining light in the match came from our German machine in midfield as Toni Kroos was doing everything that he possibly can to take charge of the game. Kroos was always the player who tried orchestrating the attacks and was also close to causing damage on quite a few occasions! A great match for the German but unfortunately not one he will remember fondly.


La Liga:

Real Madrid had a perfect chance to go 4 points ahead in La Liga but it simply wasn’t meant to be. Having said that, they are still one point ahead with a game-in-hand, which will be played against Celta de Vigo (date is unknown as of now) and therefore they are still able to secure first place but what happened against Valencia simply cannot happen ever again. Things may seem bad right now but we are still in the drivers seat and we need to make the most out of it with some massive games coming up in the league during the next few months.

My Personal Player Ratings:

Keylor Navas – 6.5/10
Daniel Carvajal – 6/10
Raphael Varane – 3/10
Sergio Ramos – 6.5/10
Marcelo – 7/10
Carlos Casemiro – 6/10
Toni Kroos – 8.5/10
Luka Modric – 5.5/10
James Rodriguez – 5/10
Cristiano Ronaldo – 8/10
Karim Benzema – 7.5/10