Zidane singles out Benzema and Hazard as Real Madrid put pressure back on Barcelona
Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane said he was "excited" by Karim Benzema after striker Ferenc Puskas surpassed the club's top scorer list.
Benzema scored a brilliant goal Thursday at Madrid Castilla's Alfredo Di Stefano stadium to take a 3-0 win in La Liga against Valencia, 10.
After opening the gate shortly after the hour, Benzema ended the victory breathtaking with a four minute lead. After Marco Asensio's 74th minute, he shot a volley past Valencia's goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen.
Benzema's two-goal performance in the Spanish capital brought 243 goals for Madrid in all competitions, overtaking great club Puskas (242) as fifth on the all-time list.
"It was a great goal for the change and the goal - I'm happy about Karim's goals," said Zidane after Madrid returned within two points of leaders and rivals Barcelona.
Eden Hazard also impressed for Madrid - the Belgian star combined with Luka Modric Benzema for the first goal in Madrid.
Injuries and fitness hampered Hazard's first season in Madrid, but the former Chelsea striker showed why Los Blancos invested so heavily in the 29-year-old.
"It was a really good game from Hazard," added Zidane. "Physically he was good and played 80 minutes. Sometimes you might think that he looks tired but then he takes the ball and sprints away."
Madrid remains close to Barca with nine games in the 2019-20 La Liga season affected by corona viruses.
At the title race, Zidane said: "We know it will be until the end, but today we can look forward to what we did in the game.
"They fight. We have to enjoy the players and congratulate them because it was a complete game and then think about the next game against Real Sociedad."
Barca will meet third-placed Sevilla on Friday and Zidane added: "We depend on what we will do to know the situation. I will see the game but I have no idea that Barcelona will slip. " we have to think of ourselves. "
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