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The victory of Real Madrid against him Athletic had two clear protagonists: Karim Benzema and Thibaut Courtois. When it is said that soccer is played in both areas, the clear example is what was seen on the grass of the Alfredo Di Stéfano stadium this Tuesday. In the 91st minute, with 2-1 in favor of the white club, Mikel Vesga He stood before Courtois after a failure in defense. The Belgian saved the heads up and Benzema immediately scored.
Madrid’s victories begin in Courtois and end in Benzema. The 3-1 sequence was the best possible reflex. Zinedine Zidane has two ‘lifeguards’ on the team, one in each area. An insurance in such a demanding season and that now a Madrid has begun to overcome that accumulates four victories in a row and has emptied the infirmary, which had not happened since the second half of 2019.
Benzema is once again Real Madrid’s top scorer for the third season in a row. It does not fail. He has 10 goals in 16 games and he only scored one goal in the first seven games of the season. Against Athletic he was the author of 2-1 and 3-1, being his second double in the last week.
The two goals he made against him Borussia Monchengladbach they have been the most important of the season. Madrid was gambling to get the ticket for the round of 16 in the Champions League and Benzema dressed as a ‘superhero’. His two goals closed the game (2-0) and that is what is asked of the ‘9’ of a Real Madrid team, that their goals are important.
They have not been the only crucial ones that he has scored this season. In the Champions League especially, Benzema has been important with his goals in the first leg against Borussia and in the first leg also against him Inter Milan. In La Liga he already has the top scorer who is currently Iago Aspas with seven goals. Benzema has six and three assists.
In the case of Courtois, the headlines in which his name and the adjective ‘savior’ appear have already become common. It was against Athletic with his hand in hand in the discount against Vesga, but it has been several more times throughout the season.
Real society, Betis, Valladolid, I raised, Athletic … The list of teams before which Courtois has saved Real Madrid is almost endless and the most sincere example of how important his figure is in the white team. Almost in every game he stars in key stops and is crucial under sticks.
About to close 2020, Real Madrid is clear that its two fundamental pillars are Courtois and Benzema. “We work together, we score goals, we don’t concede. We have to continue game by game. They are all finals and three points,” said the French forward after the game. And he explained the ‘high’ of the team like this: “It’s work. Patience. With it we are very strong. A cool head and wait for the moment. Physically we are all at a very good level. There are no easy games, every day is difficult, we are in the best club in the world and we have to win important games like today, “he concluded.
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