ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno explains why Gareth Bale has not been the player that Real Madrid needs him to be this season.
Dani Carvajal forced an own goal and was instrumental in the second to help Real Madrid see through a 2-0 win over Valencia.
Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari said his use of younger players has given the squad an injection of "energy and freshness" despite Saturday evening's rocky 2-0 La Liga win at home to Valencia.
Madrid seemed on their way to a straightforward victory when they went ahead early through visiting defender Daniel Wass' own goal but Valencia missed a host of chances to equalise. And the win which lifted the team to fifth in the table was only sealed late on when Los Blancos winger Lucas Vazquez found…