After having recorded a maiden win of the season just four days ago, Real Madrid tonight face their first home outing of the campaign. The Whites' aim in this LaLiga Matchday 4 encounter will be to put another three points on the board. Meanwhile, Valladolid will be sure to provide Zinedine Zidane's men with a stern test as the host return to the Di Stéfano (9:30pm CET).
The memories of this setting couldn't be any better. Indeed, Madrid's last competitive fixture at the Alfredo Di Stéfano saw the team crowned LaLiga champions. If the madridistas are to successfully defend their title, they will need to reproduce the mentality that brought victory at the Villamarín, as well as working as a team and believing right until the final whistle in every game. "I've got a motivated squad and one that always wants to win", commented Zidane, who recently brought up his century of LaLiga wins at the Real Madrid helm, in his pre-match press conference. The coach has named a 22-man squad list for the visit of Valladolid, in which he will vie to secure a 101th victory in the hotseat,
Three years in top tier
Valladolid have begun their third straight season in the top flight by picking up two points from their opening three games. They have come up against the same teams as Madrid, plus Celta, and currently lie just above the relegation places.