Real Madrid return to action with a reminder for Barcelona

Real Madrid returned to LaLiga Santander action with a win that reminds Barcelona that they have a challenger for this year’s title.

Los Blancos regained their momentum in the league with a somewhat fortunate victory against Valladolid that puts them back on top spot before Barcelona’s match against Espanyol.

Carlo Ancelotti‘s men put away all the ghosts of the World Cup that threatened their return and, after 50 days, opened with a victory that puts pressure on Barcelona.

Real Madrid went into the break in a mini-crisis of results. They took only four of the last nine points in LaLiga and won one of their last three games in the Champions League.

In Europe, they progressed as group winners but they left the domestic competition with a bittersweet taste.

Ready to face up to the challenge

However, despite not playing well, Madrid have shown that they are able to win matches in whatever way possible and are ready to give Barcelona a fight.

Xavi‘s side were the only team to keep up with Los Blancos blistering league start, winning the first six games and going on to record 10 wins and two draws before their first league defeat, to Rayo Vallecano on November 7.

Another test for Madrid on their return was their reliability away from home. Madrid visited Valladolid after just one win in their last four outings: they lost against RB Leipzig and Rayo, drew against Shakhtar Dontesk and beat Elche. A worrying statistic, but one that they also put to bed with the win at Zorrilla.

Triumphant year

Los Blancos close a triumphant, historic and unrepeatable year with a victory. They bid farewell to a 2022 in which they won four titles: Supercopa de Espana, LaLiga, Champions League and European Super Cup.

Now they must wait for what happens in the derby between Barcelona and Espanyol to see if they will end the year as league leaders.