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You absolutely cannot afford to make mistakes when playing against the likes of Real Madrid. However, Real Valladolid manager Juan Ignacio Martinez seemed to make a mistake before the game even started.
When the starting lineups were first announced, there was a huge name missing for Real Valladolid. The club’s best defender, Antonio Rukavina, was on the bench.
Rukavina was one of the best defenders in La Liga last season but hasn’t been at his best this year. Regardless, he is the club’s most consistent defender and true leader.
Why he was not included in the lineup, we may never know. Oddly enough, the manager never even opted to bring the 29-year-old on at any point in the match.
The second questionable decision came when Martinez waited until there was less than 20 minutes to play before bringing on star forward Manucho.
Manucho has been an absolute star for Real Valladolid lately and seems to always be able to come up with a magical play every game.
If Real Valladolid were truly trying to take on Los Blancos, Manucho should have been on the field. Martinez has a few questions to answer after this one.