Madrid needed a Karim Benzema goal 10 minutes into the second half to claim maximum points, having been frustrated for large spells by the visitors.
He said: ‘Cristiano is our Gasol. “I want them to respect us, but unfortunately during these matches against the great teams of Europe almost the same thing has happened”. Spain reached the final because the team played well and because the player who makes the difference played for the team’.
Benitez also refused to be drawn into reacting to comments made by his former captain at Liverpool Steven Gerrard.
Real Madrid comes into this matchup with a momentum boost with a win over Espanyol last weekend, and a 4-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League. I spoke with him today before coming to this press conference.
The team’s kind gestures did not go unnoticed.
She was immediately fired after the footage went viral in the media showing Mr. Al-Ghadab screaming in disbelief after he falls on top of the boy as they tumble to the ground with man carrying all his belongings with him.
Contrary to Real Madrid and Barcelona, though, Atletico will have its full squad available for Saturday’s match at modest Eibar, which surprisingly sits fifth in the standings after three matches.
“Steven is a phenomenon and as respect to Liverpool and the fans I will let it pass”, said Benitez. It is not the right moment.
As the players ran onto the pitch Cristiano Ronaldo was accompanied by Syrian refugee, Zaid, who became famous when he and his father Osama were tripped by a Hungarian camerawoman a fortnight ago.
Gareth Bale joined James Rodriguez on the treatment table prior to Saturday’s clash, with Lucas Vazquez the preferred replacement ahead of Jese Rodriguez in forming part of the attacking trio behind Benzema.
Navas had to be at his best after 60 minutes, as he thwarted El Arabi with a good black from point-blank range, after the Granada forward skipped past two Real defenders.
“We had chances but they did also and in the end we were able to get the goal that helped us a lot and these are three important points”.