Real Madrid could be without both Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo as they head to Eibar on Saturday (kick-off 3.15pm GMT), with the battle at the top of La Liga intensifying.
After a shock defeat at Valencia, Madrid had to fight back to beat Villarreal and then came from behind to salvage a draw against Las Palmas. Madrid also has a game in hand.
"Bale is special too and I think he can become an even more important player than he is". Benzema was the star man for Real Madrid, but the performances of Marco Asensio and James Rodriguez will have caught the eye of Zinedine Zidane. Casemiro, Kroos and Modric are back in the starting XI and they must play with composure to prove that Madrid can keep a clean sheet. Morata was missing through suspension and the French striker certainly made the most of his opportunity, scoring twice and contributing an assist.
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The hosts were in full control and went on to add a third goal in the 29th minute as Benzema turned provider to pick out James, who slotted into the top corner. Subs: Isco 5, Kovacic 6, Mariano 5.
Asensio got involved in the 60th when he put in a shot by Rodriguez that hit the woodwork.
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A 3-3 draw at home to Las Palmas on Wednesday saw Real Madrid lose top place in the Spanish championship for the first time since October.
With the La Liga title chase getting tighter and tighter with every passing game, Real Madrid will want to pile the early pressure on Barcelona and Sevilla by getting the better of Eibar on Saturday. However, the biggest of the Real Madrid supporting newspapers, Marca, today has information of a similar kind.
Eibar thought that they had a consolation in the 68th minute when Gonzalo Escalante converted from close range, but the offside flag prevented the home supporters from having something to cheer.
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