Welcome to cfrealmadrid.com. Today we are doing the match review of Valencia vs Real Madrid in Matchday 17 in Laliga Santander. Real Madrid failed to get 3 points against the Valencia in the match. We could cash the situation of coming at no.1 spot in La Liga table but we did not score until last minute of the match. Courtesy to our luck, Thibaut Courtois and Benzema as we managed to make it draw and got one point to stay equal with Barcelona before going to El Classico. Let have a detailed look at the match review of Valencia vs Real Madrid.
Valencia vs Real Madrid-Match Review:
Real Madrid started the match with favourites on the paper based on our recent form. Los Blancos side is undoubtedly best side in the World and we can beat anybody when we have our day. It will not prevent myself to say that the trip to Mestalla is one of the most difficult games on the schedule every single year. I must say that we had tough night against defensively organised side.
The first half was a good display from our side. The purpose was to press Valencia who naturally sat deep. Luka Modric, Karim Benzema, or Isco were present in the half-spaces. Although Valencia marked those runs efficiently, it provides space for Toni Kroos and Valverde to find space at the top of the box. Valverde won nearly every loose ball in the first half; while Kroos was playing possession.
Both teams could have scored early goals as Torres and Benzema had glaring missing chances in game but the first half went goalless. Kroos and Valverde tried to break Valencia’s press in the first half . There was a fluidity to the movement of the team. Isco and Rodrygo were constantly interchanging their flanks. Rodrygo in particular was good defensively in many sequences. Karim Benzema was so good at dropping into midfield to dispossess opponents.
In the second half, ball control and pressing kept us in the game. On the other hand, Valencia grew into the game. They took the lead by rushing Soler into goal from eight yards after Nacho lost a duel in midfield on a long ball. The game went ahead with sword mounting of losing 3 key points in the match but in the last minute, Thibaut Courtois came from our penalty box to participate in the last set piece of the game. Destiny that Kroos ball found him as Courtois almost scores a header, and then Karim Benzema scrambles the rebound home and levelled the game 1-1 with huge sigh of relief.
Thibaut Courtois started the game for us. He was excellent and helped us to score a leveller. His feet movement is still a thing to improve especially in breaking of high pressing situation. Although Courtois kept the Valencia goalless from his role on the pitch with some crucial saves in the match.
In the heart of defense, Ramos and Varane were brilliant against forward line of Valencia. Varane dealt great with the pace of Rodrigo and Torres and made many crucial tackles when defending one on one against them. Sergio Ramos on the other way, was helping Varane at his end. He was solid and had 4 good tackles .
Dani Carvajal, with no natural right winger present in the game as Isco and Rodrygo were interchanging flanks and with roaming of Isco had to make multiple runs with some misplaced passes. He also had very good touches in the game though. Similarly, on the left back position, Nacho came back from the injury. He performed his Left Back role and had few crosses from his side, one was nearly a goal from Benzema but he missed. Finally, he lose out to Wass on an aerial duel which saw Valencia scoring the goal. It happens when you come back from injury and directly play into a crucial match, you are in pressure.
Zidane decided not to play Casemiro in the match. Deployed Valverde in the holding role, which he played excellently with 7 recoveries in the match, the most by anyone. His presence in the field felt great by our Midfield. Luka Modric played with Kroos in this match. He expertly keep possession and controlled the ball but he did not have any key pass in the game.
Kroos was the controlling engine of the game from Madrid. Everything went through the German Sniper. Isco was on the field to play between the lines and pull off those dangerous vertical passes in the final third but it did not happened. Madrid needed more from him after giving him so much roaming .
One player who worked tirelessly in the game was Karim Benzema. His work rate was very good in defensive role as well. Benzema was the most productive item in the Madrid factory on the pitch. He had 6 shots with a goal in the end. I hope that his form will continue against Barcelona as well. Rodrygo started the game , played good in the start and was very active in switching flanks with Isco but as the game went on, he faded out with the game.
Bale played almost 25 minutes in the game. The Welshman played with his usual approach as he did not try to make something exceptional. Vinicius came on double substitution with Bale . He was very ambitious and wanted to do something but his decision making with the possession of ball was something he would have thought about after the match. Jovic came in the end , his feet could not find the ball in the nets except the offside runs. He will have to improve his positioning in the forward line as it is very difficult to initiate move and you cannot ruled it out with offside call.
We are lucky to have one point in the end. This is all about the Match Review of Valencia vs Real Madrid. The match went and we have to think about the next match which is the biggest rivalry in the football world . Real Madrid vs Barcelona. What do you think about the changes and plans in next match? Kindly interact with us by commenting and we will have Preview of the next game here . Until that time , Hala Madrid to the whole Madrid community around the World.