Real Madrid's 22 game winning surge which had seen them gain a healthy lead at the top of the BBVA table, and lift the Club World Cup in Morocco came to an end at The Mestalla on Sunday as Valencia came back from behind in the second half to stun Carlo Ancelotti's men.
Real Madrid creative midfielder Luka Modric has been ruled out of action until the new year, after he picked up a serious thigh muscle injury during the international break with Croatia, in a Euro 2016 qualifier against Italy. Read on, for more.
Due to the tiki-taka tactical revolution in Spain that preceeded Real Madrid's recent success, the idea of counterattacking has been branded with an undertone of disgust. Though effective, are Los Blancos' lightning advances a sin against the style of Spanish football? Bobby Mohr investigates.