Solari continues Madrid revival with Valladolid win
Real Madrid got off to a flying start under interim boss Santiago Solari in the La Liga as they beat an in-form Valladolid by 2 goals to nil at the Bernabeu on Saturday.
The Los Blancos had to work for this win with the era of Solari presenting a focused Madrid side as against what we’ve been seeing recently.
Valladolid didn’t go down without a fight though as Madrid had to leave it late till the 83rd minute when Vinicius Jr’s shot deflected off Kiko Olivas and hit the net for the opener.
The second goal for Solari’s men in a hard-fought victory was courtesy of a penalty by captain general Sergio Ramos in the 88th minute, making it his 4th penalty goal of the season.
The Spain international has successfully taken over penalty duties at the Bernabeu and it has been a 100% record thus far.
Solari’s men showed character by not going down regardless of how far the game wore on.
This is a positive, as the Madrid side in the past few weeks have been known to let in goals with more of them in the La Liga coming in the first half of games.
One notable take-out from the game was Vinicius’ contribution in attack as the youngster continues to knock on the door in his quest to become a regular in the senior setup.
His goal which was very much needed to calm the nerves at the Bernabeu is a plus for his quest and hopefully, he’ll get more game time in the senior side under Solari who had previously worked with him in the lower categories.
Vinicius must be given a chance to prove himself and express his attacking talent for Madrid considering how the likes of Gareth Bale and Benzema have failed to meet up to the expected standards in the period they were needed the most.
Meanwhile, the Los Blancos are still behind in the race for the La Liga title as Barcelona also won their game away to Rayo Vallecano. They are currently sixth on the log and are 7 points behind the league leaders.
Hopefully, after managing to put together a run of 2 wins with clean sheets, they’ll continue on their path to revival under Solari.
Their next stop is a game away to Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League on November 7.