Real Madrid Vs Real Valladolid, Liga BBVA 2013-2014: Match Preview

Denis Doyle

Real Valladolid visits Santiago Bernabéu in a very important match for Los Blancos. Our coach, Carlo Ancelotti, stressed the importance of being focused to win this game in order to extend the current trend and try to shorten the distance with Atlético de Madrid and FC Barcelona.

Two points in the last four games is not a good record for Real Valladolid, and it seems even worse if it comes just before a visit to Santiago Bernabéu. Weakened by the injuries of some of their best players, like Óscar or Ebert, who is recovered but won't play tomorrow due to a suspension, it would be natural to think that the men from Pucela will be fighting to avoid relegation during the whole season.

However, we should not be too confident about tomorrow's match. Their coach, Juan Ignacio Martínez -a.k.a. JIM-, is a great expert on extremely defensive systems, like the ones he used in Levante, and they have some very talented strikers, like Javi Guerra or Manucho that could cause trouble to our centerbacks.

In this morning's press conference, our coach stressed the importance of the game against Valladolid. He is happy with the game the team is displaying and the latest results, but he thinks it is crucial to stay focused and make this trend last as much as possible. To achieve that, he confirmed that Ramos, Alonso, Modric and Di María will play tomorrow, and that Ronaldo, though fully recovered, will not. Recalling Arbeloa will not be able to get into the field since he has already been shown five yellow cards on La Liga, the projected lineup is the following: Diego López; Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo; Alonso, Illarramendi, Modric; Di María, Bale, Benzema.

The good performance of the youngsters Casemiro, Jesé and Morata was also pointed out by Carletto in the press conference. They will be sitting on the bench, together with Isco, and some of them will, for sure, have an opportunity in the second half to impress the Bernabéu.

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