Real, winner on Saturday night in Valladolid (0-1), came back three points from Atlético de Madrid, leader of La Liga.
Let’s return politeness to Thibaut Courtois. Without the parades of his goalkeeper, the Real would not have brought back three precious points this Saturday night. Deprived of injured Karim Benzema, and a slew of other teammates also in the infirmary (Ramos, Hazard, Marcelo, Rodrygo, Carvajal …), Zinedine Zidane’s team was imposed on Valladolid (0-1).
By making a double stop in the 7th minute, followed in the wake of an intervention of two fists (8th) then a decisive gesture catching up with a raise transformed into an assist by his defender Ferland Mendy (55th), Courtois played a big role in obtaining this victory counting for the 24th day of the Spanish Championship, and capital in the race for the title.
The second craftsman is obviously the scorer. And in the absence on Saturday of Benzema, the club’s best director in the Championship (12 goals in 21 matches), Casemiro defended his status as the Frenchman in this ranking. A sharp header (65th) allowed the Brazilian to bring his total this season to five goals in La Liga.
Atlético de Madrid beaten a little earlier on its lawn by Levante (0-2), Real nibbles and comes back to only three points from the neighbors of the Spanish capital in the standings. If the Colchoneros still have a game late, the pressure is increasing on the shoulders of Suarez and others. With the derby coming March 7.
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