When managerless Valencia visits the Santiago Bernabeu on Thursday night, La Liga leaders Real Madrid will be hoping to get back to winning.

Los Blancos is one of just two Spanish top-flight teams that have not yet suffered a home loss this season, whereas Los Che have only managed one victory in their eight league away games.

After losing four of their past seven matches in the top division, Real Madrid has taken a significant hit in their bid to win back the La Liga championship.

Real Madrid cannot afford to lose any more games in the second half of the season, but Ancelotti and company are sure they can turn things around by defeating a faltering Valencia team.

In the Spanish Super Cup semifinals, Los Blancos defeated Los Che 4-3 after a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes, however, it was on penalties.

Valencia announced on Monday that head coach Gennaro Gattuso has left the club by mutual consent after only seven months in charge at the Mestalla.

The 45-year-old has left the club after only 22 games in command, which is six fewer than Gary Neville’s brief tenure in 2016 and less than half as many as his predecessor Jose Bordalas.

Valencia has had a difficult season overall, but their performance away from home in particular has been a huge worry for nearly a year because they have only won three of their previous 16 away games dating back to March 2022.

For the seventh time in his career, Voro Gonzalez has assumed interim managerial duties; the first time was back in 2008. The 59-year-old is charged with leading Valencia to an unlikely victory over Real Madrid, a team they have defeated just twice in their last 13 encounters across all competitions.

The 35-time La Liga winners have also won 11 and drawn five of their previous 16 encounters with Valencia at the Bernabeu. Los Che’s last home loss to Valencia came in March 2008, when David Villa scored twice to lead Los Che to a 3-2 victory.

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