Rafa Benitez faces a crucial test as Real Madrid visit Valencia on Sunday night. The Los Blancos manager could be fired if Los Blancos fail to win, according to the latest reports from Spain.
The Spanish coach has been on the spotlight since he lost 0-4 against Barcelona and the recent poor performances his team has put in have increased the chances of him being fire.
Los Blancos have won five of their last six matches at Mestalla, so this seems like a good opportunity for Benitez.
However, Real still have injury problems in defence. Sergio Ramos and Dani Carvajal are a doubt for the Spanish boss. Ramos is expected to recover on time, but Carvajal will most likely miss the game.
Apart from those two men, Benitez has the rest of the squad available, so he will probably display his usual formation, with Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo in the forward line.
Meanwhile, the new Valencia coach Gary Neville will miss goalkeeper Diego Alves, defenders Jose Luis Gaya and Shkodran Mustafi, and midfielder Sofiane Feghouli.
Neville tried a five-man defence last Thursday against Villarreal and it didn’t seem to work as expected, so he could go back to Valencia’s usual 4-3-3 against Madrid.
Valencia: Domenech; Barragan, Santos, Abdennour, Orban, Cancelo; Parejo, Fuego, Gomes; Alcacer, Piatti.
Real Madrid: Navas; Danilo, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Kroos, James Rodriguez; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo.