Having started their campaign so brightly, hopes and expectations were high at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu as it filled with Real Madrid fans. They faced Real Valladolid, who secured an impressive victory of their own against Real Betis last time out, in a fixture which proved far more challenging than expected for Santiago Solari last season.

It wasn’t until deep into the second half when Real Madrid found their breakthrough as Karim Benzema’s control, spin and rocket found the bottom corner. However, the joy was shortlived as Sergi Guardiola equalised in the 88th minute with a clinical finish of his own as Real Valladolid got the tie back level on the counter.

This tactical analysis will consider what Zinedine Zidane and Sergio Gonzalez can learn from their latest outing as Zidane saw his team drop points at home for the first time in the 2019/20 campaign in La Liga.

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