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Zinedine Zidane: 'Real Madrid players have their confidence back'

26 February 2018

The hosts won their 5th consecutive game in all competitions - the first time they've achieved that this season - and their 4th consecutive game in La Liga -the second time they've achieved that this season.

Much of the pre-match focus was on Bale, Benzema and Ronaldo all being named in the starting XI but Zidane set his team up nominally in a 4-4-2 formation, with the Wales global and Lucas Vázquez impressing on the flanks.

Zidane's side made the breakthrough just a minute before half-time.

Subs: Medrán (5), Ibai (6), Burgui (6). It just won't go in for Benzema! That was very, very close to being a sensational goal. Benzema flicks a pass through to Ronaldo, with the Portuguese forward swivelling and smashing a finish into the back of the net.

The flying Welsh winger pounced when Alves lost possession and he raced away down the left to fire his shot past Alaves keeper Fernando Pacheco.

But there is some controversy over one particular goal from back in 2010, and whether it should really be given to the 33-year-old.

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Gareth Bale bagged the other goal in the 4-0 rout ahead of Real's trip to Espanyol on Tuesday (7pm).

That has coincided with the impressive displays of Marco Asensio and Lucas, who both came on late against Paris Saint-Germain in the teams' last-16 first leg at the Bernabeu to help win the match for Real.

"We've met Madrid at their best moment of season".

Meanwhile, Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has drafted Castilla defender Álvaro Tejero into his 19-man squad. However, Ronaldo selflessly handed the chance over to under-pressure team-mate Benzema and the Frenchman slotted home a morale-boosting goal.

Ronaldo could have scored his third goal of Saturday's match had he taken Real Madrid's 89th minute penalty, but instead allowed the struggling French striker to score his fourth league goal of the season, impressing the Costa Rican keeper.

"Football is a team game and that was a nice gesture, offering it to Karim".

Zinedine Zidane: 'Real Madrid players have their confidence back'