“We know that the league is nearly impossible, but we need to finish well in the league because it builds our confidence”, Madrid midfielder Casemiro said.
Los Blancos scooped signatures of Atletico Madrid’s Theo Hernandez and Spanish sensation Dani Ceballos who joined from Real Betis for a combined fee worth £41.85 million.
Neymar was the subject of close attention from Lille defenders throughout Saturday’s game, but PSG head coach Unai Emery was impressed with the way the Brazilian handled the attention. Fifth-placed Villarreal had Daniele Bonera sent off in the first half in a 2-1 defeat by Real Betis, as Betis forward Loren Moron scored twice on his debut after being promoted from the reserve team.
“The game was controlled, doing the most hard things, but we didn’t know how to score”. That annoys me, as we have worked on that, knew they could counter-attack.
“It was the second goal that cost us. We managed to give him some balls properly”.
Zidane stressed that he did not want his players to think about any of their difficulties during the season, adding: “We must think positively”.
As you can imagine, the 32-year-old was not happy when Zidane made a decision to haul him off and as soon as he sat down on the bench, he revealed his true frustrations. “I am very happy to reach this mark of 350 goals at 25, nearly 26”.
As soon as Ronaldo arrived on the Real Madrid bench, the camera panned to the Portuguese superstar, despite the game continuing.
“And then defending with Asensio and Benzema”.
Madrid captain Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane have been nursing injuries that could keep them from playing on Saturday.
Emmanuel Boateng earlier cancelled out Sergio Ramos’ opener for Real.
Ramos returned for the Copa del Rey match against Leganes last week but had to sit out the league game at Valencia today.
Lionel Messi is the only other player who rivals Ramos for the record, scoring in 14 consecutive La Liga seasons as well.
A mouth-watering last-16 clash against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League is on the horizon, with Madrid’s remaining hope of winning major silverware this season on the line to further raise the stakes.