Real Madrid couldn’t start the season with victory at Santiago Bernabéu (1-1) against Valladolid despite the support of the supporters. This is a new blow for Los Blancos after the good victory away at Balaídos in the first game of La Liga. Again, the team was nervous and made some key mistakes that prevent them to get the three points.
Zinedine Zidane surprised with his line-up giving opportunities to Isco Alarcón and James Rodríguez, starting a game again with Real Madrid three years after. Also Gareth Bale was on the pitch, and he created some good chances, although the best player was again Karim Benzema, the leader of this team nowadays.
In the first time Los Blancos actually played quite well. Valladolid tried to defend close to their goalkeeper, leaving less spaces to the playmakers. James Rodríguez did a pretty decent job, but we can’t say the same about Isco Alarcón, whose performances are really poor and we have to ask ourselves why he’s not in the market. Despite the troubles, Bale, James Rodríguez or Benzema could score before the half-time but the goal didn’t arrive.
And with the past of the minutes, the supporters were getting more nervous. Zidane put Jovic on the pitch, and the Serbian headed a ball to the bar, close to score his first goal with the white t-shirt. We had to wait until the 82nd minute to see the first goal of the game, thanks to a great movement by Karim Benzema, and an excellent shot from outside the box. It looks like the game was going to end there, but Real Madrid were unable to freeze the game and gave Valladolid a chance. Sergi Guardiola, in the 89th minute, didn’t miss it, and he nailed a very valuable point for Valladolid, a team fighting to avoid relegation.
The season at Bernabéu doesn’t start well, and it didn’t end it well against Betis only three months ago. Now Los Blancos travel to Villarreal in another tough game before the international break. It’s mandatory to get the three points to go back to the winning track. And some signings are needed.