Real Madrid’s French ahead Karim Benzema eyes on the ball previous to taking pictures and scoring his second aim through the Spanish league soccer match between Real Madrid CF and Valencia CF on the Alfredo di Stefano stadium in Valdebebas, on the outskirts of Madrid, on June 18, 2020.
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Real Madrid’s prime scorer this season Karim Benzema stated the La Liga champions are “on the right track” forward of probably returning to the highest of desk with a win at Eibar on Sunday.
Madrid, who final led the league final season, path leaders Atletico Madrid and second-placed Real Sociedad on aim distinction after a Benzema double in Tuesday’s 3-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao took his tally as much as 10 throughout all competitions for the marketing campaign.
Coach Zinedine Zidane had been beneath strain following a run of three video games with no win in November with Spanish press linking former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino and ex-Madrid ahead Raul ahead to the Frenchman’s job.
“We are on the right track. We work together, we score goals, we don’t concede,” Benzema instructed the membership’s tv channel.
“We have to continue game by game. They are all finals and three points,” the 32-year-old added.
Zidane hailed Benzema, who final performed for France in 2015, as the very best centre-forward of their nation’s historical past after his midweek efficiency.
The World Cup winner praised Benzema’s selfless efforts with the ahead supplying three assists this time period.
“That’s why I like him so much, I love him, he’s not only thinking about goals,” he stated.
“He gets involved in the game, if he needs to pass to a teammate he’ll do it.”
Before Madrid’s journey to the Basque Country late on Sunday, Atletico host 14th positioned Elche on Saturday for his or her first league fixture since final weekend’s capital metropolis derby loss to Zidane’s males.
Forward Diego Costa returned to coaching this week after recovering from thrombosis however is unlikely to characteristic for Diego Simeone’s facet earlier than the tip of the calendar yr.
Later on Saturday, early runaway leaders Real Sociedad head to Levante however have drawn their earlier six fixtures in all competitions and shall be with out Belgium playmaker Adnan Januzaj as a consequence of a muscle downside.
Fifth-placed Barcelona welcome Valencia after defender Jordi Alba described Wednesday’s win over Real as their “best game of the season”.
It allowed the Catalans to maneuver six factors off the leaders forward of this weekend.
Player to look at: Mikel OyarzabalSociedad’s captain has been sidelined with a muscle downside since December 3’s Europa League draw with Rijeka however might come again for the journey to Ciutat de Valencia.
The Spain attacker had scored seven objectives and created three extra, and the Basques didn’t win and dropped all the way down to second in his absence.
Fixtures (instances GMT)
Athletic Bilbao v Huesca (2000)
Atletico Madrid v Elche (1300), Barcelona v Valencia (1515), Levante v Real Sociedad, Osasuna v Villarreal (each 1730), Sevilla v Real Valladolid (2000)
Celta Vigo v Alaves (1300), Granada v Real Betis (1515), Cadiz v Getafe (1730), Eibar v Real Madrid (2000)