Valencia returned from the Santiago Bernabéu with a heavy defeat to Real Madrid. In fact, it is the match where the Valencian team has conceded the most goals since Baraja took over the bench in February. The goal in the 3rd minute of the game and the two goals conceded at the start of the second half, sentenced the match and made any hope of a comeback uphill.
Lack of concentration
Valencia did not come out onto the field well from the dressing rooms. Neither at the start of the first half nor at the start of the second, they took to the pitch with the concentration necessary to avoid conceding goals. In both periods, Real Madrid scored very early. Carvajal first and Vinicius afterwards.
Last night was not Mamardashvili’s day, who could have done something more in three of the five goals conceded. Neither Paulista nor Gayà knew how to stop the onslaught of the Madrid attackers.
But we must not only focus on the defensive errors, but also on the lack of attacking accuracy. Hugo Duro had three clear chances to score that he missed.
Lack of identity
Baraja said it when the match ended. “We have not been recognizable today except in the stretch from 1-0 to 2-0.” Valencia is a very well-worked team that sustains matches from the block. Closing the goal and looking for the speed and skill of the attacking players. Last night in Madrid, none of that was seen and the result was a heavy defeat.
Baraja left the Santiago Bernabéu very angry and has two weeks without football ahead of him to “reset” what happened on the Madrid pitch.