Los Blancos were responsible for several mistakes at Mestalla, giving away three penalties and conceding an own goal. “Real Madrid have a problem,” Maldini said after the game.

Real Madrid have a problem

Julio ‘Maldini’ Maldonado gave a damning verdict to Real Madrid after their 4-1 defeat to Valencia. Los Blancos were responsible for several mistakes at Mestalla, giving away three penalties and conceding an own goal. “Real Madrid have a problem,” Maldini said after the game. “They don’t defend well and they conceded goals in the last seven games, and it’s no coincidence. They are very soft in defence and playing without rhythm, like today, does not favour them”. Marco Asensio was one of the players Maldini singled out for criticism, although he wasn’t alone. “I didn’t like Asensio,” added Maldini. “We can’t pick people, but Mallorcan isn’t making the most of his capabilities, and he had to take him off.”

“Another who had a bad game was Marcelo, who is really behind Ferland Mendy now. He no longer has an attacking influence, and you can get past him too easily. Casemiro’s absence was key. When he’s not there, you often notice it. Real Madrid have no back-up in this position, and neither Fede Valverde nor Luka Modric can fill there; they are inexperienced in this position, although the Croatian was not bad in the first half. It’s the same with Karim Benzema, who scored a great goal.”