Real Madrid beat Alavés on Sunday (3-0) suffering a bit against a newly promoted team. Los Blancos played a good first half, but the Basque team played better in the second half, arriving to Casilla’s goal with danger. However, Zidane’s side could finally close the game thanks to a great goal scored by Isco.
The opening goal was scored by Karim Benzema, doubtlessly the best player in the attacking line. Gareth Bale is still struggling after his injury and he played another poor game, despite the free kick shot that hit the bar. Cristiano Ronaldo tried several times but he was unable to score in another discrete game.
On the other hand, Karim Benzema looked very comfortable on the pitch. Alavés played with three full backs, so Benzema’s mobility helped the team and created several chances, especially in the first half. He was able to score the goal after a great assist from Dani Carvajal and he lead the team in the attacking line.
Benzema was heavily criticized this season, but he completed a superb month of March. In April Real Madrid will have to face Atlético Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Múnich, so Zidane needs the players at his bests, and Benzema is looking fitter than ever.
Benzema scored his 17th goal of the season and his 9th goal in La Liga. Overall, the French player has scored 178 goals with Real Madrid. Besides, Benzema has been able to score to every single team he has faced in La Liga. He’s played with 31 teams in La Liga and all of them have received goals from Benzema. It could be 32 if the French striker scores again on Wednesday against the newly promoted team Alavés.
In the last games, he scored very important goals against Eibar and Athletic Club on the road, helping the team to win in these difficult stadiums. Besides, he was the best player on the pitch in the first leg of the Last 16 Round in the Champions League tie against Napoli. Benzema deserves the confidence after 8 season with Real Madrid. Now, he has to show it again in this key month.