Javier Saviola says Real Madrid shouldn't be surprised by how difficult smaller clubs have made it in games so far this season.

Saviola popped up with the equaliser in yesterday's 1-1 draw at Real Valladolid and said afterwards: "We must credit Valladolid for their performance. Just like with Almeria, we must not forget how motivated these clubs are to beat Real Madrid.

"The game was difficult, just like with Almeria. Without a doubt, it's very tough beating these type of teams."