Real stage comeback at Betis, Costa strikes in Atletico win

Feb 20, 2018, 20:13
Real stage comeback at Betis, Costa strikes in Atletico win

Real Madrid are back in La Liga action following a massive 3-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain in their Champions League last-16 first-leg clash in midweek.

"The changes have been seen, we have countered the spaces and we have regained control of the match".

"In the second half we pressed high, ran hard and with quality we have if we play in the opposition half we can make it difficult for any opponent".

"It was a bit of a insane game, but I like that", Zidane told reporters in his post-match press conference.

Real have 45 points from 23 games, 17 behind runaway leaders Barcelona, although they can climb above Valencia into third place if they win their game in hand at Leganes on Wednesday.

Aissa Mandi and a Nacho own goal saw Betis' first-half superiority rewarded, while Sergio Leon gave the hosts late hope until Benzema struck in stoppage time. I thought that if the shot was saved I would have a chance to get to the ball.

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Real captain Sergio Ramos levelled the match again in the 50th minute before Asensio again put Real in front.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said that Marcelo "feels like it is not too bad". They controlled the last half an hour of the game. The vital players need to get back in form and get the team back on winning streak.

Asked if he had decided what he will do at the end of the season, Zidane said in quotes reported by the Spanish media: "For me the most important thing is what I'm doing now, the day to day. But we will see in the coming days".

'They are doing very well, they play on the wing and open the pitch for us as well as doing a lot of defensive work'.

In the centre of the park, defensive midfielder Casemiro should partner up with Luka Modric, who is often the beating heart of this Madrid side.