Monday, February 27, 2017

James and Benzema made the difference – Zidane

SoccerNews in La Liga 18 Sep 2016

203 Views

Zinedine Zidane praised goalscorers James Rodriguez and Karim Benzema after a 2-0 triumph at Espanyol extended Real Madrid’s phenomenal winning run in LaLiga.

Madrid made it four wins from four in the current campaign to lead Barcelona by three points with victory at the Estadi Cornella-El Prat and 16 consecutive LaLiga wins in total – matching the mark established by their bitter rivals in 2010-11.

Zidane was unable to call on Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, who sat out the match through illness and a hip injury respectively, but James stepped up on his first start of the season with a superb solo effort in first-half stoppage time.

Benzema led the line tirelessly and had just rewards for his efforts when Lucas Vazquez’s cross allowed him to open his account for the season 19 minutes from time.

“They are talented players and can make a difference,” Zidane told reporters after the match.

“They did, James and Karim, but the important thing is what they did for ​​the group.

“I’m especially happy for [James]. The first goal was his, so I’m very happy with his performance – not only for the goal but also for the work he has done playing behind behind Karim as a number 10. I saw him play well. “

Zidane wished to play down equalling a record set by Barcelona during their trophy laden years under Pep Guardiola and challenged his players to retain the winning habit.

“Yes, I like it, even if [the record] is an anecdote because in the end it is the work all the guys are doing.

“They are doing phenomenally but it is important to keep adding. LaLiga is very long.”

Holding midfielder Casemiro departed during the first half with an apparent calf problem and Zidane is unsure whether the Brazilian will be available for the midweek clash with Villarreal.

“These things happen sometimes,” he added. “He has a strong blow and we play again in two days. We will assess how he is tomorrow.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

SoccerNews

Soccernews.com is news blog for soccer with comprehensive coverage of all the major leagues in Europe, as well as MLS in the United States. In addition we offer breaking news for transfers and transfer rumors, ticket sales, betting tips and offers, match previews, and in-depth editorials.

You can follow us on Facebook: Facebook.com/soccernews.com or Twitter: @soccernewsfeed.

SHARE OR COMMENT ON THIS ARTICLE

WE RECOMMEND

Leave a Reply

Be the First to Comment!

Notify of
avatar
 
smilegrinwinkmrgreenneutraltwistedarrowshock???cooleviloopsrazzrollcryeeklolmadsad!?ideahmmbegwhewchucklesillyenvyshutmouth
wpDiscuz
Live Scores

advertisement

Betting Guide Advertisement

advertisement

  • Football_888sport betting
Become a Writer
More More
Top