Valencia 1-4 Real Madrid: 5 Talking Points
Real Madrid grabbed a much-needed win away to Valencia, with a 4-1 win at the Mestalla. The scoreline flattered Real Madrid, with Valencia offering plenty of competition throughout the game.
Ronaldo opened the scoring in the 16th minute with a well-taken penalty and then doubled his tally with another penalty in the 38th minute. Santi Mina grabbed a goal back for Valencia on the hour mark, but Madrid withstood the pressure to then add goals in the 84th and 89th minute, courtesy of Marcelo and Toni Kroos.
Here are the major talking points from the game:
#1 BBC make the difference
That's the amount of time since Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo started together for Real Madrid - the last time in La Liga was the 2-3 reverse in El Clasico last season.
BBC only got 70 minutes on the pitch this game, but the difference they make to Madrid was clear. Even when Los Blancos were not at their fluent best, the trio possess the quality to make the difference in the pivotal moments. The counter-attack that led to the awarding of the first penalty was classic BBC, and Ronaldo took advantage.
The second half saw Benzema and Bale tire, so it was perhaps understandable that they were both substituted, as Zidane knows that a long-term view to the game against PSG is necessary. In addition, using BBC from the start allows Zidane to use Vazquez and Asensio to run at tired defence, a situation that brings out the best of them.
You can *almost* hear the prayers of Madridistas to keep the trio fit for the rest of the season.