A shell-shocked Real Madrid side will travel to Valladolid on Sunday as they look to get their season back on track. The Los Blancos’s title ambitions in three competitions essentially ended within a week, and they will hope to bounce back. Valladolid are on a poor run as well, and they will hope to take advantage of Real’s poor run.
Real Madrid lost 3-0 to Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu in the second leg of the Copa Del Rey semi-final on Thursday. The loss was an embarrassing one, and they faced the Catalans again after four days, this time in the league. Santiago Solari’s side was defeated again, this time by a 1-0 scoreline. Barcelona extended their lead over Real to 12 points in the La Liga, which effectively wiped out their title hopes.
They faced Ajax on Tuesday in the Champions League at the Bernabeu, and the Dutch side rounded off a horrific week. They thrashed Real 4-1, as the three-time defending champions exited the competition. That night was a bad one for Solari’s side, and the home crowd let their feelings be known at full-time with whistles and jeers. Funnily, playing away from home might be a welcome change for Real Madrid.
Valladolid are currently 16th in the table, and they are three points above the relegation zone. They are far from safe, and picking up points in games like these would do them a world of good. Their last five league games have been defeats, which has mounted the pressure on manager Sergio Soriano. Valladolid have the league’s worst attack, and getting the strikers to score goals will be hugely important for them in their bid to avoid relegation.
Real Madrid lost Vinicius Jr. to a calf injury in the game against Ajax, and it is looking like he will be sidelined till the tail end of the season. The Brazilian youngster has been one of the bright sparks for Solari, and his absence will costly. Gareth Bale also picked up an injury against Ajax, which further lessens the attacking options available for Real. Lucas Vasquez is another player who is sidelined for the Valladolid game.
Real Madrid to win
“I did not come to the club in such a difficult moment to give up,” Solari said after the defeat against Ajax. “What we must do is remain as calm as possible in such a difficult moment and take it on with the best character. Madrid is bigger than any of us – it always returns – and returns even stronger.”
Neither side is in form at this moment, and the game could turn out to be a patchy one. No other La Liga side has scored fewer goals than Valladolid’s 20, and Real’s attack is not looking too bright either right now. But their squad still has much more quality than Valladolid’s and expect that to show through the result.
Valladolid vs Real Madrid Preview and Prediction
Valladolid’s attack is the poorest in the league, and Real’s defence should keep them out. Bouncing back is crucial for Solari, and they should scrape through for the three points, albeit by a close margin.