The absence of the great scorer of the Real Madrid, the French Karim Benzema, convert the white team’s visit to a Real Valladolid needed points to get out of the descent in the most difficult still for Zinedine Zidane, who has not recovered any injured and increases to nine casualties with the obligation to extend a victorious streak.
The eight punctures of Real Madrid in The league Santander -four draws and four defeats- left him long ago no net in his goal to defend the crown. The six-point distance to the leader, a Atlético de Madrid who still has a game to recover, leaves Zidane’s team forced to play with only one possible result. Anything that does not extend to four consecutive days of triumphs will once again make the Madridistas feel frustrated.
Continue fighting for the title passes through Valladolid, where it arrives in the box, before measuring itself to the Real society and a decisive derby in the Wanda Metropolitano against Atlético. But just as the team took a turn in results thanks to a better attitude on the field, the news does not follow in his footsteps and continues to be negative for Zidane. In case he had little with a defense in the square and up to eight casualties, on the eve he lost Benzema. You should entrust a player like Mariano Díaz, without the rhythm of competition and the confidence that the ‘nines’ need.
The Madrid coach has lost on the way to three great references of his spine: Sergio Ramos, Eden Hazard and Benzema. The responsibility falls on the back of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric. With their football they are supporting a team that is growing problems five days after a momentous date against Atalanta in the Champions League. Do not look away from that match and focus on Valladolid, is one of Zidane’s requests to his players.
In defense, the French coach will not be able to count on Dani Carvajal, Ramos, Militao, Marcelo or Álvaro Odriozola. And the extensive list of casualties is completed by Fede Valverde, Hazard and Rodrygo, who had options to return to the group this week and did not succeed. In this way, Zidane has no choice but to pull from the quarry. Up to six Castilla players travel and more than one will have minutes, since there are only eleven available field players from the first team. Diego Altube, Víctor Chust, Miguel Gutiérrez, Antonio Blanco, Sergio Arribas and Hugo Duro are the chosen ones.
Real Valladolid, on the other hand, has good news with the recovery in the center of its defense of Joaquín, it also has Rubén Alcaraz and San Emeterio in the center of the field, and Óscar Plano, one of the regulars in Sergio’s scheme González, who I could repeat the 4-4-2, with Weissman and Guardiola in the lead. As a novelty too will have Nacho Martínez, who will replace the sanctioned Olaza on the left side, while the midfield is a mystery, since more options open up with Fede San Emeterio and Alcaraz.
Sergio made it clear that the goal is “go out to win” and try to “surprise” a great, since, usually, the Blanquivioleta team has known how to treat the most powerful rivals. Hence, he relies on his squad to “run, compete and score three points” to ease his situation.
This match will be one hundred for Sergio González at the head of the blanquivioleta bench, an achievement that fills him with “joy” and that he aspires to celebrate with a victory, which would not only give his team three more points, but would also endorse the improvement shown in the previous clash against Éibar and would be a boost of morale.
Real Valladolid: Masip; Luis Pérez, Joaquín, Bruno, Nacho; Orellana, Kike Pérez, Roque Mesa, Óscar Plano; Weissman, Guardiola.
Real Madrid: Courtois; Lucas Vázquez, Varane, Nacho, Mendy; Casemiro, Kroos, Modric; Marco Asensio, Vinicius and Mariano.
Referee: Guillermo Cuadra Fernández (Balearic committee).
Stadium: José Zorrilla.
Classification: Valladolid (18th, 21 points); Real Madrid (2nd, 49 points).
The key: Real Madrid’s response to the plague of casualties and the search for solutions to the goal without its benchmark Benzema.
The data: more than twelve years since Real Madrid’s last defeat in Pucela, on November 15, 2008.
Sergio Gonzalez: “Although it is not a designated party to obtain the victory, why it is not going to surprise before a great one”.
Zidane: “We will continue to the fullest, to death until the end of the season.”
The environment: the José Zorrilla stadium will have, for the first time in almost a year, with spectators: more than a thousand Baby Pelones, who will seek to give visibility to childhood cancer, the leading cause of death due to illness in children.