The Classic will be played, or not, on 18-D. But, before that, LaLiga today holds another one of those confrontations that Javier Tebas likes to refer to when he talks about “the best Championship in the world”. Valencia and Madrid, who have met 200 times in an official game (tonight will be 201), honor their common history with a high-voltage duel in Mestalla. For visitors, it is a unique opportunity to look at Barça over the shoulder before visiting the Camp Nou. For the locals, to move the European Week party to their stadium, which included classification to eighths in one of those scenarios that feed prestige and self-esteem.

Nor is Madrid de Zidane lacking in confidence, which in Bruges reached ten games without knowing defeat, with eight victories that have allowed him, on the one hand, to straighten his situation in the Champions League, which became uncertain after two first days, and, on the other, maintain the league pulse with Barça after the irruption of a Leo Messi who gave air to his rivals in the first days of competition. The stumble of Barça yesterday in Anoeta highlights in red Mestalla’s appointment for Madrid, which would win the Classic with a minimum mattress, two points, but mattress after all.

Little will have to do Zidane’s eleven with which he triumphed in the Jan Breydel, full of news for an inconsequential shock. Tonight is a duel for heavyweights, and that includes Ramos and Kroos, who rotated in the Champions League, along with the Courtois, Carvajal, Varane, Valverde and Benzema. Surely also Casemiro, who entered the list after playing the 90 minutes in Belgium and should play despite this warning. It is not the only mystery of the white eleven, as Madrid travels to Valencia without a pure left back, since Marcelo is injured and Mendy drags suspension. The left-hand lane door opens for Militao or, less likely, for a Nacho who didn’t play a minute last Wednesday. The same as Gareth Bale, although the situation of Welsh should be the reverse. Logic invites us to think that Zidane reserved him for duels against Valencia and Barça although, as always, everything that surrounds the British, and more when his special relationship with Zidane is added to the equation, is a mystery wrapped in an enigma. In addition, Rodrygo and Vinícius, are stomping and backed by the goal.

Great moment

For Valencia, Real Madrid’s visit to Mestalla cannot arrive at a better time. After the high of last Tuesday for the qualification for the round of 16 of the Champions League – seven years after the last time he reached the qualifiers -, the team shows that he has recovered the regularity he had not finished finding in the last two months . The transition of coaches, the demand for two strong competitions a week and the accumulation of casualties had caused the team to alternate good and bad results continuously. However, in recent meetings the team has demonstrated a strong ability to compete in any scenario with stability of performance and results as it had not been seen until now. Of the last nine games, the Celades team has only lost one by six wins and two draws (Lille and Chelsea).

Valencia now seems a safer team than at the beginning of the season. The wardrobe went from accepting with resignation the change of technician to perceive Celades as someone who was going to take advantage of the workforce. The coach also knew how to gain the confidence of the staff. He understood the reaction of the players to the departure of Marcellin, he knew how to stay in the background and later, he showed that he was qualified to direct a high-level and maximum demand costumes.This week, after the great triumph in Amsterdam, the squad and the body technicians have gone for dinner for the first time together since the course began.

Mestalla also wants a joy. All the recent good results have come away from home, even dating back to the end of last season: the qualification for the Champions League (Valladolid), the final of the Copa (Sevilla), the first victory in the Champions League (London) and the classification for the Eighths (Amsterdam).

 

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