Published: Sun, February 25, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Cristiano, Keylor back in squad, no Asensio — Real Madrid-Alavés

Cristiano, Keylor back in squad, no Asensio — Real Madrid-Alavés

"He has not had many minutes and keeps working, he is fantastic and I remember the game against Alaves (Real won the away game 2-1 in September) when he scored two goals".

"If I were [Zinedine] Zidane, I would try to make sure everyone is in a good moment and try to take care of Gareth Bale to make sure he arrived at the end of the season well because everyone knows the problem he has had with injuries".

Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema were all on the scoresheet as Real Madrid recorded a 4-0 win over Alaves in Saturday afternoon's La Liga clash at the Bernabeu.

Ronaldo may have grabbed the headlines with his double, but Benzema overcame a poor early miss to dust himself down and play a vital role in this morale-boosting win. After there is this gesture of Cristiano for Karim.

"We want to continue this good run".

Madrid, in third place, trails Barcelona by 11 points before the league leader hosts Girona later.

"After our game against PSG, we have been doing much better", he said.

Bale did not appear happy to be a substitute at Leganes but could return to the starting line-up against Alaves, with doubts over Marco Asensio's fitness. The Portugal forward has now scored eight goals in his past four Real appearances, and 299 in the Spanish top flight.

But the 30-year-old responded to that setback by creating Ronaldo's 44th-minute opener with a cute backheel and laying on Gareth Bale's strike within half a minute of the restart.

Ronaldo has been having no such problems in front of goal, though, and the five-time Ballon d'Or victor wrapped up the points just after the hour mark.

They are seven points from Atletico Madrid in second and with Diego Simeone's side facing a hard trip to Sevilla on Sunday, Real have the opportunity to put further pressure on their local rivals.

Iago Aspas and Maxi Gomez continued their strong scoring runs to give Celta Vigo a 2-0 victory at home over Eibar.

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