Spanish La Liga Report: Valencia v Real Madrid 27 January 2018

"Montpellier know how to do that very well. As I said before, there are 19 league matches ahead and the Champions League match and I only think on that".

Two penalties from Cristiano Ronaldo helped Real Madrid to a 4-1 win at Valencia on Saturday and eased the pressure on head coach Zinedine Zidane. That was his 100th career penalty goal, 93 for clubs, seven with Portugal.

That is, of course, unless he goes on strike, in which case both parties get what they want, anyway.

Under-fire boss Zinedine Zidane has been under immense pressure, but today's victory has clawed Real Madrid back into shape and bought more time to salvage the season. But even so, you'd be foolish to write him off. If we win, we'll be above them. And there is now a spirit about this team that makes Milan the image of their manager. Also, judging by the look of things, the English international perfectly fits the bill for Real president Florentino Perez.

Chievo were still able to frustrate the visitors until Sami Khedira finally struck in the 67th minute, and Gonzalo Higuaín headed in a second with two minutes remaining. The Eagles are flying at the moment, even without top scorer Ciro Immobile who remains a doubt for Sunday's game at San Siro.

37' - GOAL! Valencia 0-2 Real Madrid.

But this summer, should see a new wave of Galacticos arriving at the Bernabeu.

His passing was, again, practically flawless as his accuracy stood at a 93% success rate. Sanchez, 29, could now make his debut in Somerset tonight after Mourinho confirmed he would be part of his squad. Outshone by Marcelo on the other flank. In truth Milan were lucky not to concede a stoppage time equaliser at the weekend, which would have inevitably brought back memories of Gattuso's first game against Benevento.

Real's next outing will be at Levante, while Valencia will visit Barcelona in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-finals.

Ivan "Ivi" Lopez scored twice in the 80th and 84th to earn Levante a draw at 10-man Deportivo La Coruna 2-2. Neymar joined PSG last summer for a world record £198million but a source close to the player told Sky Sports News that he happy to stay in the French capital.

Gremio star Luan has denied that Liverpool have made an offer for his services. When the hosts announced their starting line-up, seeing Francis Coquelin in central defence must have raised a few eyebrows, but he performed reasonably well. His contribution in open play was limited, but that is the player he has become. But the challenge will be getting that first goal.

The France striker's transfer to London is still up in the air, however, with Madrid demanding €60 million for the 30-year-old and Arsenal only prepared to pay €40m.

And, in fairness, he did a good job.

  • Ricardo Clara