The game is without doubt the pick of the opening weekend fixtures.
Taking place on Sunday evening, this mouth watering contest sees the reigning Champions take on the team that finished 3rd last season. Madrid are the favourites of course, but Valencia will be determined to show everyone that it isn’t all about Real and Barcelona in Spain.
Focusing on Jose Mourinho’s men to begin with though, it seems fair to say that they were sublime last season. With 100 points on the board, they were unstoppable at times and took La Liga by storm.
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This obviously had a lot to do with Cristiano Ronaldo, but there were other stars too. Karim Benzema and Mesut Ozil amongst others were all part of the success and this is definitely the strongest squad they have had for a few years.
In terms of their approach for this season, more of the same is needed. The tactics, style of play and general attitude that worked last time, is bound to stand them in good stead again. Barcelona will of course be up for revenge, but Madrid will want a good start to proceedings to counteract that.
In the transfer market, they are getting closer to landing their No.1 target in Luka Modric from Tottenham and he would definitely be a valuable addition. They have enough in the locker already though to cause all sorts of problems for Valencia this weekend.
As for the visitors, the start of the season presents them with a unique opportunity – they are level pegging with Madrid and Barcelona.
They are of course outsiders for the title, but if as the third favourites to finish top of the tree, they are to give it a go, they need a good start. This would, of course, be massively assisted by a positive result this weekend.
With plenty of new faces to freshen up Mauricio Pellegrino’s squad, they should be in decent spirits and ready to take the game to the Spanish champions. They won’t want to show any fear in the Bernaebu from 6pm on Sunday evening.
Regardless, this should be a cracking contest.