An irregular Real Madrid receives Real Valladolid who faces the game as a final in order to achieve the long-awaited permanence.
The clash between Madrid and Valladolid already It is a classic of the competition, the teams have met on countless occasions, but recent history is favorable to the white team. The week in which Valladolid faces Real Madrid the atmosphere is different, an atmosphere of tension is breathed in the Castilian-Leonese city, and no wonder. Of the last five clashes between the two, the balance is four victories for the whole of the capital and a draw.
A team with two faces
Throughout the season, Madrid has once again shown the world one of its most characteristic traits, those of Ancelotti, they are a team capable of achieving the most iconic milestones and at the same time leaving points against the most vulnerable rivals. Domestic competition is not the specialty of the whites, those from the capital carry irregularity as their flag and this has resulted in the abysmal distance of 12 points that Xavi’s Barça leads them.
The truth is that Madrid in Spain is not the impassive roller that can be seen in Europe, proof of this of his last five games he has only managed to emerge victorious in two of themagainst Espanyol in the league and against Liverpool in Champions League.
Despite not being as successful as they should be, Ancelotti’s men are the highest scoring team in the competition with nothing more and nothing less than 51 targets.
Madrid’s league situation can be a double-edged sword, the Italian coach can assess the game as inconsequential and give minutes to the less usual or use the match as a turning point for the vital games that are coming.
The whites are not managing to curdle their most solid season defensively, proof of this 21 goals conceded that they drag in the league course.
the eternal fight
Real Valladolid finds itself in a situation in which no club wants to see itself at this point in the championship, the Pucelanos are mired in the bottom of the table.
The Valladolid need to score at all costs, they are sixteenth, two points above the relegation places, but only three points behind Girona, twelfth place. The middle and lower part of the classification is in a fist, so any point at this point has a different flavor.
Valladolid has the difficult task of turning around a bad dynamic of three defeats, a draw and a win in their last five games.
The scoring records prior to the match are not the most favorable either, the Valladolid defense has the difficult task of stopping the most accurate attack in LaLiga, the Valladolid team have had to get the ball out of the net a total of 38 timesbeing one of the most thrashed teams in the competition.
On the part of Carlo Ancelotti’s team, the proper name par excellence is that of Vinicius Jr, the winger is sweet and despite his 22 years, he has already assumed stripes at the club and is not afraid to throw the team on his back when necessary . Vinicius He has scored eight goals and has distributed four assists so far in the current league campaign.
Another of the fittest men at the moment is Éder Militão, the defender has established himself this season and is leading Madrid’s defense. The good feelings of the Brazilian on the field are reflected in his statistics, He has played 22 games this season, in which he has scored four goals and recovered 103 ballsposting a staggering average of 4.68 steals per game.
On the part of Pacheta, it is almost mandatory to mention the emerging club figure, Ivan Fresnedawho with only 18 years old He has managed to leave half the world speechless. The right-back has already caught the attention of the greats in Europe and has earned a place in the lower categories of the national team. fresneda You already know what it’s like to face Real Madrid, in the last clash they had Vinicius as a dance partner and signed an outstanding match.
The other proper name is a newcomer, Cyle Larin, who after having played Only eight games as Blanquivioleta has already converted five goals and has become one of the idols of the fans.
In the game there is more than three points at stake, and it is that the mystique that surrounds this match has ensured that whenever Valladolid has beaten Madrid in the 21st century they have achieved permanence.
In the year 2008 the blanquivioletas beat Madrid with a solitary goal from Fabian Cannobbio and that same year they achieved permanence in an agonizing way on the last day.
In the 1999/2000 Victor FernandezValladolid also gave victory by the minimum, but this time at the Santiago Bernabéu.
If you look at the most recent data, Madrid won by two goals to nil at the José Zorrilla in a match in which the score did not do justice to the script. The game was destined to draw, but a penalty, including a red card, by Sergio León opened the doors to Benzema’s double in the final minutes of the game.
A party plan and a future in the air
All the games between now and the end of the season have a special tinge for Carlo Ancelotti, with the future of the Italian coach still to be decided, each game is lived in a different way.
The coach’s way of thinking remains the same, a conservative line and letting himself be loved, “If they want me to stay for three months, I will enjoy three months. If you want three years, I’ll enjoy three years“.
Although a person with the ultra-competitive mentality of Carlo Ancelotti does not arrive at his best just conceive of winningand as he has already declared on more than one occasion, the team is going to fight for all the remaining games.
On the other bench, Pacheta did not want to beat around the bush, “in these games you have been connected for 10 days before, because everyone talks to you about the game and they take you away.”
The coach, aware of the complication of this kind of matches, wanted to focus his speech on what for him are the keys to facing a match of this caliber: “you have to go into the game very attentive and focused at all times, but above all there is to go out and enjoy yourself, because if you don’t, you’re finished”.
First time with “the big ones”
The Royal Spanish Federation de Fútbol has left behind certain surprises with the latest arbitration appointment. Juan Luis Pulido Casado, who made his debut this season as a referee in the first division, will be in charge of refereeing the match.
Pulido Casado has not yet arbitrated on any occasion Real Madrid, but he has done it with Valladolid, whom he refereed in a match that ended in a draw at the Sánchez Pizjuán.
While waiting to confirm the calls, Valladolid has dropped Javi Sánchez due to card accumulation and Machís, Anuar and Amallah due to injury.
Everything indicates that Pacheta may opt for a 5-man defense to try to stop the Real Madrid, eleven in which Sergio León would have a place as a surprise in attack.
In the case of Ancelotti, the lineup will be marked by Mendy’s injury and the proximity of the cup tie, so the Italian will be forced to add rotations to the 11.