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It was insane, says Zidane after Real Madrid's win over Betis

It was insane, says Zidane after Real Madrid's win over Betis

However, Zidane's half-time talk paid dividends for Real Madrid as they ran rampant after the interval.

The pressure on Zidane was eased in midweek with a 3-1 victory in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Paris Saint-Germain.

Real Betis are now eighth in the league table and only three points off the last European spot.

"It was a real end-to-end affair, a bit of a frantic game, but I enjoyed it".

The goals came from Asensio, Ronaldo and Ramos.

The former Lyon attacker has scored seven goals in 27 games across all competitions this season, as Real only have the Champions League to play for.

Real Madrid were trailing 2-1 by halftime despite scoring first through Marco Asensio in in the 11th minute. "I don't think it is serious".

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Junior Firpo then forced Nacho (37) into an unfortunate own goal, to give the home side a surprise lead.

Toni Kroos has picked up a knee problem and Marcelo limped out of Sunday's 5-3 win over Real Betis with another suspected hamstring issue.

Madrid recovered superbly after the restart, though.

"Hopefully, it's something small", Real boss Zinedine Zidane said of Marcelo's injury at his post-match press conference.

After not reaching his usual high levels early in the season, the Portuguese star has now scored 10 times in his past six games.

Betis may lack the consistency to properly contest a European place, but they do provide entertainment, and Cristian Tello set up fellow substitute Sergio Leon to make it 4-3 late on. "Things stay in the dressing room, but it's true I spoke with them, to explain some things, and we did much better in the second half. You've got to recognise the job that Marco did and the same goes for Lucas Vázquez, who performed very well on the other flank". It remains fourth, a huge 17 points behind leader Barcelona.

The defensive attributes of Casemiro have been a central part of Zidane's thinking over the last couple of seasons but he is undoubted a technically more limited player than Kovacic, who would be able to provide a lot more to the team going forward.


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