Real Madrid: 4-1 Valladolid win should avert all-out Pérez panic
Madrid escape what had looked like turning into a dreadful night
4-1 win should dissuade Pérez from hitting panic button
Valladolid came flying back out of the traps, but, after creating two chances in swift succession, gifted the visitors a penalty that Benzema duly buried - and that proved one setback too many for Los Pucelanos. With the Frenchman and Modric to the fore, Madrid went on to register a wide margin of victory with relatively little difficulty. There was even an opportunity for Benzema to offer a nice gesture to Marcelo, embracing the left-back and handing him the armband when he came on late on. What with the soothing effect of a 4-1 win, and the fact that the team's next game is not for another week, Pérez really should be able to take a breath, avoid hitting the panic button, and steer clear of a decision nobody thinks would be wise. The best we can hope for between now and the summer is that Madrid do not compound their predicament.