Real Madrid: 4 things to watch against Levante on Sunday

Real Madrid, Fede Valverde, Casemiro (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid, Fede Valverde
Real Madrid, Fede Valverde (Photo by Diego Souto/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images) /

Another masterful performance from Real Madrid CM Fede Valverde

Real Madrid center midfielder Fede Valverde has become a wide right midfielder for the club, and his emergence as a key player for Los Blancos last season quieted the previously rampant Paul Pogba transfer rumors.

Although Valverde cooled off in the summer after frequent Man of the Match performance in big games during the 2019-2020 season, he’s back to playing at that level for the Royal Whites in the 2020-2021 season. He was the best player on the pitch against Real Betis, scoring the only non-own goal from open play and added three dribbles completed with three interceptions and two key passes against Los Verdiblancos.

Valverde was among the standouts again on Matchday 4 vs. Real Valladolid. He had two key passes and completed 90 percent of his passes for a second straight match. So not only is he an athletic ball-winner with a nonstop motor, but he’s also a composed passer and chance creator who can score, too.

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A complete midfielder, Valverde is locked in as a key starter for Real Madrid and is the future of this team. With Carvajal out due to an injury, Valverde’s importance on the right side both offensively and defensively – to help cover for the aggressive Odriozla – has increased.

He could produce another Man of the Match-quality display against Levante this Sunday.