Valverde scored his first La Liga goal in Madrid’s 0-4 away demolition of Eibar, as he makes his mark on the Spanish capital.
Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid have found their groove. Los Blancos have plundered 16 goals without conceding, registering four wins in five competitive fixtures.
The common element? Fede Valverde marshalling the midfield.
With Luka Modric no longer indispensable, Valverde’s influence is growing as Madrid’s midfield general. And his importance to their performances is being noticed. Valverdependencia is the latest term on the lips of Los Blancos faithful.
In the absence of Modric, the Uruguayan has linked up well with Casemiro and Kroos. Los Blancos have conceded a paltry five goals in the eight La Liga matches the South American has played.
His value continues to increase at the Santiago Bernabeu, as he cements his place in the starting eleven.
Shoring up Real’s leaky defence
Madrid have not conceded a goal in the two UEFA Champions League fixtures Valverde has started. He missed Real’s trip to Paris and Bruge’s trip to the Bernabeu. With Zidane’s men conceding five goals, the two fixtures were Los Blancos worst performances in the current season.
El Pajarito makes Real Madrid’s midfield tick and it is evident in their outings in La Liga. Along with Casemiro, he shields the midfield while also supplementing the forward line. Five of Madrid’s clean sheets in the league have come with the Fede in the line-up.
Valverde missed Real’s league fixtures with Valladolid and Real Betis, and his presence was felt. Real Madrid dropped four points from these supposed comfortable outings.
Fede has become an essential element in Zidane’s tactics. Los Blancos have scored 25 goals while conceding only four in return with the 21-year-old in the squad. Valverde scored a first Liga goal against Eibar as his valuation continues to increase.
It is a great turn of events for the Uruguayan who joined Real Madrid from Penarol in 2016. Valverde enjoyed top flight action with Deportivo La Coruna after a year with Castilla. Deportivo suffered the ignominy of relegation, Valverde gave a good account of himself in his 24 La Liga appearances.
His performances at the Riazor impressed Julen Lopetegui, who gave him his debut in the white shirt. Under Zidance, Marcos Alonso’s transfer to Atletico Madrid reveals Valverde’s importance in the pecking order.
Zidane must be happy with Valverde’s’ emergence as he energizes a stagnant midfield.