Zidane dries off from the rain with a towel during Real Madrid-Eibar.GABRIEL BOUYS / AF
P The storm Sergio Ramos from the previous days gave rise to a rainstorm. Unlike the first, it was brief, but also intense. "There were 20 difficult minutes until the second goal," admitted Zinedine Zidane . "Eibar has complicated us with the wind in our favor," added Courtois , who suffered the great scare when a ball behind Lucas Vázquez almost became an own goal. But there was no more danger for Real Madrid than that on an afternoon that started out clear and turned very black in the skies of Valdebebas.
The day helped the whites to continue stretching their lives in the two competitions that remain to the waiting for the queen stage of the course: the double confrontation with Liverpool (April 6 and 14) and Barcelona (day 10). "We have had difficult moments and now we have to take advantage of the good," said the French coach after linking the eleventh game without losing (nine wins and two draws), the best streak so far.
Real MadridCourtois, Nacho, Ferland Mendy Eder Militao, Marcelo (Vinicius Junior, min. 67), Lucas Vázquez, Casemiro, Modric (Kroos, min. 60), Marco Asensio (Rodrygo, min. 60), Benzema (Mariano, min. 79) and Isco (Sergio Arribas , min. 67) EibarDmitrovic, Alejandro Pozo, Paulo Oliveira, Arbilla, Luís Rafael (José Ángel, min. 80), Bryan Gil Salvatierra (Inui, min. 45), Pedro León (Kévin Rodrigues, min. 75), Diop ( Miguel Ángel Atienza, min. 75), Sergio Álvarez, Aleix García Serrano (Sergi Enrich, min. 60) and Kike García Goles1-0 min. 40: Marco Asensio. 2-0 min. 72: Benzema. RefereeIsidro Díaz de Mera EscuderosYellow cardsBryan Gil Salvatierra (min. 19) and Alejandro Pozo (min. 93)
The analysis of the white coach did not find any fault for the performance of his team. “A serious and forceful game. Also with the ball ”, he analyzed. “The first part was spectacular. Defensively, we control well and I also liked the game with the ball ”, he added. In the second, yes, the air and even the hail made it all "different".
The French coach made several modifications to the eleven to distribute efforts in the face of the tough terrain that awaits them from this Tuesday with the Champions League. Marcelo had n't played for two months; Militão did not appear from the beginning since the trip to Mendizorroza, in January; and Isco is only for days between the wars. “Today there were changes and the team has not suffered. The sensations are good with all the players ”, he congratulated himself, as if looking for a breath of air after some delicate days due to the captain's injury and before facing a very steep slope.
Unlike the duel against Elche, in which he had He had to urgently recruit Kroos and Modric to save the result, this time he was able to apply his rotation plan. For the visit of the reds , he could even recover Valverde and Hazard. He hopes so, at least, according to what he said at a press conference. This Friday, when asked about the state of health of the Belgian, who participated in part of the training with the rest of his teammates, said that everything would be decided day by day, without haste.
Madrid is enough with Asensio
No He wanted to particularize a lot, anyway, after the victory against Eibar. Nor when they asked him about Asensio, who has scored three games in a row, two of them coming off the bench. "I'm happy for him. It gives him energy and confidence, "he said almost to be fulfilled, without entering from many depths.
The interested party was asked how everything had gone and, shrugging his shoulders, he declared:" It was a quiet game that we have controlled well. In the first half we had chances to finish better ”. The Spaniard was for a good stretch of the season an almost non-negotiable bet from Zizou. He linked 14 games in a row as a starter, although his production was scarce. Just a few notable performances between December and January against Granada, Elche and Athletic in the Super Cup, above all. Little for the decisive role expected of an attacker in Madrid. However, his return to the bench has boosted his production.
“Now the goals are coming in. Before they went to the stick, "he warned. "I'm fine. We must wait for the moment and know how to take advantage of it ", he concluded.
" The VAR sleeps us and makes us self-conscious, even if the decision favors us "
Eibar's feelings were worse than the result, which remained open until the middle of the second half. A loan from Lucas Vázquez to Courtois, which was complicated by the wind, was the most dangerous thing that happened in the white area. "As much as this year we have not suffered," admitted José Luis Mendilibar. “We are a team that we have to suffer and see if we really know. We are a small team, from a small town, but that does not mean that we do not know how to suffer, that we lower our arms and let ourselves go. We are going to show everyone that we know how to suffer and that, on the contrary, each game is going to cost a lot to get something out. We depend on us ”, he commented. The coach once again regretted that a failure of his team on the brink of halftime opened the way to Madrid's triumph. “The first goal came after our mistake in the middle of the field. I am repeating myself a lot. That opened the can with four minutes to go. The goal is a mistake. If they put you in for a great action, you say: 'come on, let's keep fighting.' But after that goal, it cost us, ”he continued. The Eibar coach concluded with another reflection on the home-brand video refereeing. “When the VAR comes into operation, we stay there self-conscious and asleep, even if the decision favors you. Well, none of them favored me because they were offside [there were two goals canceled by Madrid]. I always say the same thing, the VAR makes the referees worse. Canceling a goal for an offside 40 seconds before I do not understand. Just as I am like that, my players also have a hard time understanding; but the sooner we understand it, the better. But I'm a big head ”, he settled.
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