Real Madrid vs Valladolid (1-0): The Real Madrid beat Wednesday at the Real Valladolid by the minimum (1-0), but remain unconvinced. A saving goal from Vinicius Jr., Who took advantage of a gift from the Pucelana defense in the second half, as soon as he replaced a misguided Jovic, avoided the merengue puncture in a match in which the most outstanding were the great interventions of the Courtois goalkeepers and Roberto.
Zidane revolutionized his starting team for Real Madrid’s first home game at the Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium after playing away from his first two LaLiga Santander games. The French coach, who could not count on Eden Hazard again, who has suffered a new injury that prevents him from making his debut at the moment this season, presented four changes in the eleven and bet again for a 4-4-2 in rhombus.
On the wings, Carvajal and Mendy started on the bench and Alvaro Odriozola and Marcelo made their debut, playing their first minutes of the season. The presence of Luka Modric and Isco, instead of the injured Kroos and Odegaard, respectively, was also a new start. Luka Jovic, with his future in the air, repeated as a starter after his poor performance last Saturday against Betis at Benito Villamarín. The Real Madrid encountered more problems than expected against a Valladolid that was the first to approach with danger with a shot from Weissman to center Orellana.
It didn’t take long for the merengue team to respond with a double chance in the 9th minute that Marcelo starred first and then Fede Valverde with a shot to which Roberto Jiménez responded with a brutal save. Shortly after, Jovic missed a sung goal with a high shot from the heart of the area after a cross from Fede Valverde. Madrid ran into a Valladolid that competed very well, with clear ideas and exerting strong pressure on the whites, where Isco was lost and Casemiro, below his usual level. Valverde and Modric, on the other hand, did maintain a good footballing tone.
Jovic appeared again with a powerful kick that crashed into the side of the net, but Sergio González’s men responded at the edge of the break with a strong low shot from Waldo. Thus ended the first 45 minutes in which Madrid dominated without aim against a Valladolid that knew how to resist.
At the resumption, Zidane’s men came out ready to take advantage on the scoreboard, but goalkeeper Roberto again showed off in a header from Jovic. The rejection was picked up by Casemiro, who finished point-blank at the crossbar in a play that ended with the referee signaling a clear offensive foul by Sergio Ramos.
Valladolid emboldened to see that time was running in their favor, came close to taking the lead on the scoreboard with a shot from Waldo on the turn, and with a shot from Weissman that Thibaut Courtois neutralized with a saving hand.
Zidane changes the system
With Madrid stuck in the attack, Zidane changed the drawing to gain depth and went from 4-4-2 to 4-3-3 with the simultaneous entry of three players: Carvajal, Marco Asensio, and Vinicius Jr. The play went well. Zizou because the Brazilian forward broke the 0-0 in his first shot on goal after entering the field and after taking advantage of a series of errors in a chain of the defense, in which the central Bruno was especially unfortunate.
But Valladolid did not give up and looked for a draw. In the final stretch, Courtois emerged as Madrid’s savior again by aborting a whiplash from outside Waldo’s area. In the back corner, Bruno did not hit the head.
In a match with the two goalkeepers shining with their own light, Roberto successfully intervened again with a shot from Benzema. With the clash coming to an end, Modric crashed a ball into the post that would have given the final tranquility to a Madrid that sweated ink to add three new points in this League.
Real Madrid vs Valladolid: Match Overview