Cristiano Ronaldo earns Real Madrid a late draw, Valencia face defeat

Brunilde Fioravanti
Aprile 20, 2018

Real Madrid found it hard to cancel out Inaki Williams's opener, with Kepa producing a large number of saves to deny the hosts again and again.

The Spain worldwide was close to joining Madrid in the winter transfer window but ended up signing a new long-term contract with Athletic. "But I haven't felt anything special".

An outstanding performance by the goalkeeper Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane passed on during the January transfer window left the multiple European champions needing some Cristiano Ronaldo magic in the final minutes to avoid a loss to Athletic Club Bilbao.

"For me there is no such thing, I made that decision, period, because I do not make changes in the middle of the season, Kepa is a good goalkeeper", he added.

Real have managed to hit a different gear in the Champions League knock-out stages but this draw means they have now won only once in their last four matches, having strung together 11 victories from their previous 12. When I start a season, I start with three goalkeepers and I finish with three goalkeepers if nothing happens. He signed a contract extension and now has a €80 million release clause in his contract.

Barcelona's commanding lead at the top of La Liga, which now stands at 12 points over Atletico Madrid and 15 on Real, means these matches carry reduced significance and inevitably lack a certain edge.

"What we must do is try not to watch or listen to what you [media] are saying, but just focus on the positives". "The keeper did make a few saves but I don't know who the best performer was". "But it's a bittersweet result because we came very close to winning and it's annoying to concede a late equaliser".

Adriana Garcia is a Valencia-based football writer who covers La Liga for ESPN FC.

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