Real Madrid vs. Despite a poor preseason and some struggles in defense, Real Madrid is expected to be able to contend in the league and possibly be a threat in Europe. Midfielder Okay Yokuslu, who missed the match vs. Sociedad vi a one-game suspension, is set to return Saturday.
The Chile midfielder used one touch to line up a powerful shot that he blasted from a tight angle in off the far post. But he stumbled when trying to shoot and Marc-Andre ter Stegen smothered the ball. But the French world champion had a difficult night at Valladolid. He was unable to link with Messi on a promising counterattack early on, and he wasted a golden chance to double the lead before halftime when he scuffed a pass from Semedo right in front of the goal.
Valladolid, however, continued to press for the equalizer and Ter Stegen dove to parry a header by Enes Unal in the 60th. Still, it reached the second half with stronger legs and succeeded in pressing Barcelona into its area. However, Zidane's lineup has been built through defensive strength this season.