Benzema is going LaLiga. Two goals by the Frenchman prevented a botch from Madrid, which was seated like a liver crochet by the initial tests of Zidane, who wanted to test Ramos, Valverde and Isco. He rectified the coach with 0-1 and in the last section Kroos, Modric and Rodrygo propelled Benzema towards an agonizing victory against a resistant Elche until added time, only beaten when Real assumed that he was leaving LaLiga for the cathole.
There is still a championship for a Real who goes with the hook. In such a hurry that in the last three games, against Real Sociedad, Atlético de Madrid and Elche, he sang terminal goals, to the point of ringing the bells in all three games.
More aware of Atalanta, than of Elche, the orthopedic Madrid that Zidane arranged was the trifle for an hour. An ulcerative team, frayed, without a story. Pure jug, with the stake of Valverde and Isco by Modric and Kroos. Chato with his three centrals, with Ramos back. Quite a mess. Ideal for Elche to spend a spring after dinner at Di Stéfano until Real pulled off illustrious substitutes.
Apparently, Zidane had more bench than team, because Isco said nothing at all, very little Valverde, just a footstep from Vinicius. The party gravitated over Nacho, to whom the Escribá group floated. A team, Elche, who arrived at the game knowing Elche. In other words, ready for the defensive forceps. The reality made him change.
Seen a Madrid of the most ordinary, the group from Elche was more fun with the ball than expected. He came to Valdebebas to lie down on the ropes and soon realized that there was no reason to limit himself to splashing. After the initial recognition, the Alicante team began to reel with the ball. Madrid did not intimidate, who only had horizons in a couple of counterattacks, especially one well articulated by Vinicius and poorly defined by Benzema. Seeing is believing: Madrid, in their solar, against Elche. And as guardian from Elche, Edgar Badía, the goalkeeper who intervenes the most in LaLiga, is partying in Madrid in front of an adversary who is tired. In front, before the break, he did not have Courtois wasps either, except for a pat to avoid a shot from Carrillo. Nothing more to accentuate in the first act, a whole yawn, for a local blush and a visitor toast.
Another thing was the staging after the truce. Madrid appeared to be somewhat more abrasive. At least he had some arreón near Badía. Ramos was still asking for a penalty after a Canarian fight with Marcone when in the opposite direction it was Carrillo who claimed a setback from the white captain. From skirmish to skirmish, after a corner thrown by Morente, Dani Calvo stunned Varane and hunted homeless a superb header that bounced off the crossbar and crossed the goal line by several quarters. An earthquake in Valdebebas.
With the 0-1 Zidane did not delay. Immediately, he put the mask on Ramos, Valverde and Isco, those with the fewest filming in recent times, and recruited Rodrygo and those of his whole life (Modric and Kroos). Another Madrid, without so much central hollow, already with the most frequent 4-3-3. The German and the Croat are themselves a team. With them, Madrid is explained in another way. With them the Real has a meaning. Elche noticed this, increasingly sunk by the sharpness of Kroos and Modric, by their ability to delineate the game and mark the time. A Modric center with his left foot, rather tempered, caught the visitor behind the hell and Benzema defeated Badía with a header. As this time there was no Castilla squad in the stands, Zidane put another repechage from the infirmary into the fray: Hazard.
A great goal
Elche only cleared when Madrid had nothing to do with the moth-eaten Madrid from the beginning. The Modric and Kroos scan was joined by Rodrygo, exhilarating. Nothing to do with the warm Rodrygo from other days. As evidenced by 2-1. Kroos played here and there, undeterred because the time was already waning in the extension, until Rodrygo uncorked a Lucas Vázquez center wonderfully. Braided with Benzema, who still met again with the Brazilian, who improved his already great first touch. A chest do from Rodrygo returned the ball to Benzema, who landed a damning left foot for Badía. Real Madrid sighed after such a tiresome afternoon.
A great goal to save a bizarre game for an hour and leave Madrid with beats in LaLiga. Football does not distinguish him, but Zidane already has all the Praetorians, except Carvajal. Just when the European Cup arrives and who knows if there will be shortcuts for LaLiga.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.