Saturday, December 1, 2018

Real Madrid vs Valencia CF Match Preview

Tonight Valencia CF is playing against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu in what is one of the bigger matches for Valencia CF. Both teams are coming into this match in mediocre form, so this is truly going to be an interesting and in theory competitive match. Valencia CF has caused a lot of issues for Real Madrid over the past few years and we've also not seen the abrigeous refereeing "mistakes" giving Real Madrid an advantage, so games have generally been closer and way more competitive. We seem to be able to compete and really give Real Madrid trouble time and time again, even ending Real Madrid's 29'th or something unbeaten streak few years ago under Carlo Ancelotti.

This season Valencia CF started in a very slow fashion, far below everyone's expectations after last season's amazing performances and results, especially since after who knows how many season's Valencia CF actually kept the same squad for the most part. The same successful squad was kept, we even spent over 70 million euros to do so, yet the results and performances this season have been subpar.

Over the past months the results have improved and we've picked up a few wins, giving the team a much needed boost and an uplift in the standing in La Liga. In fact even when we weren't getting results and drawing all of our games, we were never far from the 1st place on the table, as the Spanish league has been very competitive this season, with all of the top teams dropping points frequently. Right now the situation is decent for us, as we are only 9 points away from first place, though we need to maintain the good performances and continue to get wins in order to increase our chances for a top 4 position. Right now Real Madrid is a huge obstacle to that, but they've been fragile this season and have had issues all over the pitch, with their defense leaky and attack at times timid.

They've also improved quite a bit over the past month with the replacement of their previous coach Julen Lopetegui, who's had a horrid year, being kicked from the Spanish national team for taking the Real Madrid job, his dream job at the time, to having his dream job turn into nightmare and being sacked after just few short months on the job.

All of this is a premonition of a very interesting and competitive match, hopefully with lots of goals and a win for Valencia CF.