Real Madrid Take Charge Of La Liga Title Race

Ross Houston
June 30, 2020

Karim Benzema's moment of magic inspired Real Madrid to an important 1-0 win over Espanyol and move two points clear in the La Liga 2109-20 points table.

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane says he has no plans of having a long career in management. A two-point lead and a whiff from the title gets stronger. "It's the most new just one".

That kicked Real into gear as Casemiro and Sergio Ramos had brief glimpses of the Espanyol goal before Casemiro headed their best opening over on 14 minutes when Varane's near-post flick directed a corner onto the unmarked Brazilian six yards out.

Let us know in the comments. "He heard me asking for it and he played it in a brilliant way". "It was a nice assist but the goal was more important, Casemiro did well and got us three important points after a very hard game".

When asked to compare Benzema's layoff with Guti's other two famous backheeled assists - one for Benzema to drive easily into an open net in the game against Deportivo La Coruna in 2010, the other for Zidane to score against Sevilla in 2006 - Zidane called Benzema's effort superior as it was more of a team goal. He's been here for 11 years and we all enjoy his quality. He is at a excellent age, at close to 32 or 33 if you glimpse after yourself as he does, they're your best decades of football. He can still play a lot because he takes care of himself.

"I imagine this a person is, Karim's", the Frenchman instructed reporters immediately after the match.

'We have an advantage with the defence we have, and we have players who are committed.

".I am not going to coach another 20 years, I am going to retire sooner".

Accusing national coach Didier Deschamps of racist bias for his Algerian ancestry or laying it out thick on the French federation president Noel La Graet haven't helped Benzema's cause. Cristiano Ronaldo's departure from the Spanish capital to the south of Italy in 2018 made Benzema the one with most experience to lead Real's attacking lines, that looks rather threadbare on paper.

Espanyol were hanging on for half-time and they were caught out by Benzema.

"It would be a bit unfair to talk about my goal immediately after what Karim did", he instructed reporters. I had to celebrate with him because the credit goes to him.

"But I know that when we lose the press will be out, the knives will be out, that won't change".

In the pandemic-ravaged season, Karim's heeled pass is reminiscent of things handsome and sublime, redolent of the old world where fans would cheer through the night.

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