Real Madrid Take Charge Of La Liga Title Race

Ruben Hill
June 30, 2020

"We shouldn't worry about what goes on outside Real Madrid, and I think my future is the least of concerns at the moment". An inconsistent Gareth Bale, and a couple of youngsters from Brazil, Vinicious Junior and Rodrygo, both 19 are Benzema's partners when they are deemed fit. His incredible backheel sent Madrid to top of the points table and also widen the gap in the standings making their La Liga title win nearly imminent with only six games to go.

"This is how I see football and I could see Casemiro arriving", added Benzema. "The assist is good, but Casemiro puts it in and gave us the three points".

And before the win against Espanyol, the Frenchman said: "I won't coach for 20 years". "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".

Espanyol created a string of chances to make it an anxious night for Zinedine Zidane's side, who were also wasteful in front of goal.

With Real content at preserving their lead and Espanyol keen to avoid further damage, the game drifted towards its conclusion, and by the time the hosts mounted a late rally they were unable to regain momentum as Real returned to the top of the table and left Espanyol floundering at the foot.

Nevertheless, Real were able to hold on for the win to reclaim top spot after Barcelona only managed a 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo on Saturday. Up subsequent for Barcelona are the two most in type teams - following Real - since La Liga restarted, Atletico Madrid and Villarreal. Madrid defender Dani Carvajal blocked a strike by Sergi Darder three minutes into the game when Wu found him with a low cross.

Social media was soon awash with reaction, with many comparing the assist to a similar piece of skill from ex-Madrid midfielder Guti from back in 2010.

Casemiro was Real's most unsafe player and almost opened the scoring early on with a wild shot from his own half which forced Espanyol goalkeeper Diego Lopez to scramble back towards his line and push the ball away. It would be unfair not to talk about the part Karim played in my goal. I'm not going to coach for 20 years, I don't know how many. He heard me ask for the ball in the open space. 90% of the goal is his. Rufete is the team's fourth coach this season.

Following the match, Casemiro insisted all credit rating for his goal really should go to Benzema.

However, despite Champions League glory and much success in the Madrid hot-seat, Zidane revealed he may not last much longer in his current job.

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