Summary clip of today's sports events, 1.2 (Sport1)
Real Madrid did beat Valencia 0:2 last night at the Bernabeu and narrowed the gap from Barcelona back to five points at the top.
However, with all due respect to the three points that were quite expected against the weak opponent, Carlo Ancelotti left this game worried due to the injuries of two key players such as Karim Benzema and Ader Militau, who were replaced during the game due to strains.
The striker and the stopper will undergo tests during the day, but it seems that the Brazilian's injury is more serious and in any case there is no danger for them ahead of the most important match against Liverpool in the Champions League in less than three weeks.
Does not look good.
Ader Militau after the injury last night (Photo: Reuters)
Ancelotti commented on this and said: "It looks like Militão will not play on Sunday (against Mallorca). Regarding Benzema, the situation is more under control, I took him out as a precaution. This is what happens when you play every three days without time to recover."
On his team's game: "It was very important to keep a clean sheet. There was a good defensive game by everyone, we can do great things this season."
Danny Sabaios, who continues to receive credit in the team and fulfill some of the hopes placed on him, said: "I have a chance for continuity, I've started three games already and that's good. I have to learn from Toni (Kross) and Luka (Modric). Hopefully I'll have a long and glorious career like theirs ".
Ancelotti also complimented Sabaios when he said: "He's really good, everyone notices it. As for extending his contract? We'll talk about it with the management."
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Vinicius (Photo: Reuters)
Vinicius, Real Madrid (Photo: Reuters)
Thibaut Courtois said Real Madrid team-mate Vinicius needed extra protection from the referees after the Brazilian was the victim of a wild tackle by Valencia's Gabriel Paulista.
Gabriel received a straight red card following the brutal foul.
"We have to protect Vinny," Courtois said after the match.
"He is very expressive on the pitch, he passes players and defenders don't like that."
"It's his technique, it's his way of playing," Courtois added.
"We need Vinicius like this to open defenses, I think he was kicked a lot and today I'm happy that the referee was brave enough to send [Gabriel]. The ball was far, it had to be a send-off."
On the other hand, the one who upset the Real Madrid people was ESPN's Argentinian commentator, Mario Campes, who seemingly justified the foul on Vinicius: "If the kick had gone in, he would have broken his leg... I said it already, and you agree with me - Vinicius likes to drive the his guards,
Vinicius' goal was his 50th for Real Madrid, in his 200th game for the club.
"His physical level is impressive," Ancelotti said.
"He is a player who suffers a lot. In the second half he made more runs without the ball, got behind the defense, it makes the difference. The opponents finish the game against him exhausted. He keeps trying and trying, he doesn't stop."