Real Madrid got a win in La Liga Santander for the first time since September 22, after beating Real Valladolid 2-0 on Saturday afternoon.

Real Madrid defeated Real Valladolid by a 2-0 margin on Saturday afternoon to grab all three points against a resolute side managed by Sergio Gonzalez Soriano. Both the goals for the Whites came in the final ten minutes of the game, though they were certainly deserved thanks to Real Madrid’s continuous threat when going forward.

The ball deflected off Real Valladolid’s Kiko after Vinicius Junior seemed to have crossed it in to give the hosts a lead. Sergio Ramos struck later on from the penalty spot to ensure all three points for Los Blancos in what was an extremely hard-fought victory. Santiago Solari got his tactics and substitutions right for this one, whereas the Real Valladolid side owned by Ronaldo Nazario had its own good moments as well.

Let us discuss five talking points from an entertaining clash.

Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio deserve to be on the bench

Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio have been delivering horrific performances since quite a while. The latter did play well against Melilla, but with all due respect to the team, it was from Spain’s third tier. Asensio’s decision making has been horrible of late and that needs punishment, with the best possible one being to leave him on the bench for a few fixtures. Both Isco and Vinicius Junior have been performing a lot better than him and hence, they deserve their chance as well.

Gareth Bale has gone without a goal since September 17 and the Welshman’s contribution has been virtually nothing since then. The El Clasico was a flop show from him and he looked pretty dusted even on Saturday. Lucas Vazquez should be preferred to him. The contribution that the Spaniard put in during his time on the pitch in 15 odd minutes was of more importance than what Bale did in the earlier 75 minutes.


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