Real Madrid team made chances for Cristiano Ronaldo – Rafa Benitez
Real Madrid head Coach Rafa Benitez greeted his team’s “character” and capacity to “tolerate” after Wednesday evening’s hard-battled 2-1 win at Athletic Bilbao. Real Madrid had not won on both of their visits to Athletic’s new San Mames stadium, yet Karim Benzema’s twin strike was sufficient to take the three points, with Benzema’s second goal coming rapidly after Sabin Merino had balanced for Los Leones halfway during that time half. Madrid move top of a swarmed La Liga table – in front of Celta and Villarreal on goal contrast, and a point clear of Barca and Atletico Madrid.
The Los Blancos manager told his post-match news meeting that he was exceptionally content with how his players had stood up and won in troublesome circumstances.
“I am exceptionally content with the win,” Benitez said. “The team has indicated two appearances. Ownership in the first half and the character to endure in the second. The team will take trust in itself from having won at San Mames. We had 20 shots at goal. We are leaving here encouraged. This was an alternate amusement. We did things we had not done some time recently. Up to this point, we had not needed to show character.”
With Bale and James Rodriguez injured, Rafa gave a first team start to Croatian Mateo Kovacic in midfield and continued tweaking his strategies as the amusement developed.
“Toward the start we wanted to deal with the match and later we chipped away at Athletic’s midfield. At that point, we conform to two holding midfielders, and we wound up with Casemiro. The players have tackled the ideas. Also, the point of interest is that we won, and we made chances for Cristiano Ronaldo and Benzema. Moving on all that we have done has been certain. Benzema was likewise the match – champ at home to Granada a weekend ago and has now scored five goals in his last four La Liga games, importance he is presently La Liga’s top scorer this season close by Cristiano Ronaldo and Celta’s Nolito.”