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Madrid showed LaLiga title credentials in Betis win – Casemiro

SoccerNews in La Liga 28 Aug 2021

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Casemiro felt Real Madrid showed their LaLiga title credentials in a 1-0 victory at Real Betis.

Fit-again full-back Dani Carvajal scored his first goal since November 2019 on his return to the starting line-up with a stunning second-half volley to put Los Blancos joint-top of the table.

Betis had their chances in a feisty encounter on Saturday, but Madrid stretched their unbeaten run to 21 matches in the Spanish top flight.

Midfielder Casemiro believes the way Madrid rolled up their sleeves to secure all three points – and a first clean sheet of the season – bodes well in their quest to regain the title.

“This is the way to win titles, we are working well,” Casemiro said. “The key has been the work of everyone, of those who have also arrived [at the club].

“We started the first 10 minutes well and then they have improved, but they were always far from the goal, without being dangerous.”

Casemiro praised captain Karim Benzema, who set up Carvajal’s winner with a pinpoint pass, and refused to be drawn on the potential arrival of Kylian Mbappe.

“The league is very complicated, it will be very difficult. We can talk about his quality [Mbappe], but he is not here,” he added.

“We are used to the quality of Karim. It is normal for us.”

Carvajal was making his first start of the season due to a muscular injury and was delighted to mark it with a hard-earned victory.

“I haven’t felt this good in a long time. It’s a great feeling. I worked hard on recovery to make it back for the second matchday,” he said.

“I was a bit tired at the end of the match, which is normal with such an intense rhythm. We’re very happy for the win.”

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