• Chronicle Vinicius, an 'O Rei' at heart, leads Madrid's victory against a brave and naïve Valencia

Real Madrid shook off a label that had haunted them since the start of the season. Without Belligham, he doesn't lack goals. If it seemed like it, last night against Valencia Vinicius and Rodrigo were in charge of dismantling it. The two Brazilians who were activated to tear Rubén Baraja's young team to pieces, who took five goals from the Bernabéu, something that had not happened since 1989.

"Yes, they're back. They just needed time to express themselves," said Carlo Ancelotti. Vinicius was unleashed without losing an ounce of concentration. He was not bothered by the noise surrounding this match after the incidents at Mestalla. Not a snub or a protest and only gestures to the public in the celebrations of his two goals, which bring to six the goals he has scored against Valencia in nine league games. That was his revenge on a victim he is good at. No more. A kiss to the shield, with which he pushed his first goal with his chest - only 16 have been scored in this way in the league in two decades - and a dance in the corner to celebrate the second time he beat Mamardashvili. An exemplary behavior on the night of his return with spotlights.

He was accompanied by Rodrygo on his walk through the red carpet laid out by the Valencians on the Bernabéu pitch. He devilishly attacked alongside Vinicius and was involved in four of Real Madrid's five goals. To score the first of his pair, he had to wait until the beginning of the second half, when it was already 2-0. He took advantage of a mistake by the Georgian goalkeeper and scored again 91 days later. Then came the brace in the 84th minute, with an opponent already broken. The Brazilian had worn a cross since August 22 when he scored against Athletic. That was his first and, until yesterday, his only goal in the league despite his 39 shots in 11 games. The black cloud has begun to dissipate in the Champions League and the sun is already shining.

Real Madrid's effectiveness was historic and Dani C Arvajal played a leading role in it. His goal before the 3rd minute tilted and relaxed a duel in which sparks could fly. The full-back is getting closer to goal this season with luck. He scored against Sevilla and, before breaking a sweat against Valencia, he saw the lane on the touchline, outwitted Gayà and with a left-footed shot close to the post beat Mamardashvili. He hadn't scored two goals in a season for ten years, in 13/14, and his last left-footed goal was scored against Rayo in March 2014.

The first shot on target was a goal, but so were the next three. It's been 19 years since the team's effectiveness was 100%. In the box, Bellingham said that he has already celebrated twelve goals for his team without being on the field. It's not essential.

Ancelotti was satisfied to see a "perfect game", "although Valencia have not shown their best level", admitted the Italian, who acknowledged Lunin's good game. "Injustice to Lunin? Sometimes my job is to be unfair to someone. Modric could have started as well."

Baraja: "Bad decisions in the worst-case scenario"

That perfection, at least in the statistics, was broken by Hugo Duro's inconsequential goal. Real Madrid had not conceded since 17 September with Barrenetxea's goal in the match against La Real.

Hugo Duro, colourful, collects the ball after his goal. THOMAS COEXAFP

The Valencian striker did not have his night, who lived a nightmare and is already the striker in La Liga who misses the most clear chances. He had three in the first half that he will dream of because it is not easy to have them at the Bernabeu. Especially two that Lunin saved to give life to a match that died after failures in all lines.

"It wasn't us. There have been too many bad decisions in the worst-case scenario," admitted Baraja, who left hurt. "I didn't like the things I've seen, we let Real Madrid think and did the opposite of what we should have. We have to reset," lamented the Valencian coach, who returns with Gayà with a knee injury, Pepelu injured and Hugo Duro with a sore collarbone.

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