Diaz revels in ‘dream’ Real Madrid debut

Ruben Hill
January 10, 2019

The Whites' coach discussed Real Madrid's win over Leganés in the first leg of the Copa Del Rey last-sixteen tie and was full of praise for Vinicius Jr.: "It was a very good performance".

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois may not have performed poorly since his dream move to the Bernabeu this summer, but he has become the biggest villain in the eyes of many Real Madrid fans, sometimes through no fault of his.

The hosts had seen two shouts waved off before the referee finally pointed to the spot in the 42nd minute when Gerard Gumbau fouled Alvaro Odriozola in the area and Ramos converted his sixth penalty in all competitions this season.

Real winger Lucas Vazquez is suspended for Sunday's visit to Real Betis after being sent off in last week's 2-0 defeat to Real Sociedad, which left Santiago Solari's side fifth in La Liga and 10 points behind leaders Barcelona. "Vinicius is making huge strides", he told a news conference. Fans even took to Twitter to vent their frustration after Real slumped to a 2-0 home defeat to Sociedad on Sunday night.

Real, who are now fifth in the league, face Real Betis in a La Liga match on Sunday.

"Real Madrid always need to win and always need to score, we came into this game after a match in which we deserved to score but didn't so obviously this result liberates us", Solari added.

The teams will meet again for the second leg at Leganes' home ground on the outskirts of Madrid on January 16.

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