The white team, proclaimed champions last season beating the major championship records, begins its title defense with a top-level match against the team which was third-ranked
The white team will play for the eighth time in its history against Valencia on the opening day of the championship, and in the seven preceding matches Real Madrid have managed five wins, four of them in the Santiago Bernabeu, and only two losses. In the total balance of matches Real Madrid has managed 58 wins, 10 draws and nine defeats in the 77 games in which they played at home against Valencia CF.
Real Madrid cleans up in the American tour
Real Madrid faces this league opener after completing a brilliant preseason. The white team began their preparation on July 16 in Valdebebas and played two games (against Oviedo with a victory and a defeat against Benfica in the second) before all the internationals playing in the European Cup joined the group dynamics to start the American tour. They worked with great intensity and the team managed four wins in four games in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York and Philadelphia. José Callejón was one of the major players in these games and finished the preseason as the team's top scorer with five goals.
|Preseason Matches 2012/2013|
The Madrid coach has called up 22 players for the first official match of the season to be held in the white stadium, with only Carvalho and Sahin left out. The competition starts after the international players have played friendly matches with their selections, which happened last season on four occasions and after them Real Madrid was always victorious. Moreover, Cristiano Ronaldo and Higuain, who last season scored 46 and 22 goals respectively in the League and have been two of the players who have played for their countries, have managed to score ten goals in their last six games against Valencia in the national championship.
Valencia arrives in the Santiago Bernabeu as one of the three teams which managed to score in the Madrid coliseum last season. Their rival Real Madrid had a great season in which they reached the semifinals of the Europa League, while in the League they came third place since being given the direct ticket to play this year's Champions League. On day 32 they were able to add an important draw against the whites, who despite enjoying many occasions failed to enter the goal well defended by Guaita. In total, they achieved six wins, six draws and seven defeats in the championship away from Mestalla.
|League Training Sessions in the Santiago Bernabeu|
The Valencia team starts the new season with many new faces, among which Mauricio Pellegrino stands out above the rest. The former player of Che returns this season to lead the team including Guardado, Jonathan Viera, Joao Pereira, Valdez and the former white player Gago. In seven preparatory games Valencia has managed three wins, three draws and only one defeat. Roberto Soldado, who scored 17 goals last season, will be the great point of reference in the attack of the team for this season.