Real Madrid match winner Benzema is “on another level,” said Zidane

The French striker played against Eibar as he helped his side to their fifth straight win

Karim Benzema is playing “on another level” after giving Real Madrid another win, said coach Zinedine Zidane.

Benzema scored and provided two assists as Madrid scored five straight wins in all competitions by beating Eibar 3-1 in the league on Sunday.

It was the 30th time the Frenchman scored and assisted in the same La Liga game. Only Cristiano Ronaldo (44) has done it more often for Madrid in the 21st century.

Benzema’s form was praised by Zidane as Madrid finished first from Atletico with 29 points, despite Diego Simeone’s men playing two games fewer.

“Benzema is a match winner because what he’s doing isn’t just another level because of the goals,” Zidane said at a press conference.

“I keep repeating myself and say the same thing about Karim. It’s not just his goals, he’s a central point in our game. He’s very important to us and of course if he scores it’s better, but he is very important to our team.

“We have to highlight everyone’s performance. It was a great game today and it was a great performance by both teams. It is a deserved win.”

Benzema set up Luka Modric to make it 2-0 before Kike scored a goal for Eibar, who believed Sergio Ramos should have scored a late penalty for a handball.

Zidane refused to be convinced of the decision and Madrid sealed Lucas Vazquez’s win in added time.

“I didn’t see the handball incident with Ramos. But the referee is the one who decides, “said Zidane.” He knows what he’s doing and I’m not going to start talking about the referees. If he decided not to impose a penalty, he didn’t think it was a handball. “

Madrid’s busy game continues with a home game against Granada on Wednesday. Zidane hinted he could switch squads for the game, Madrid’s third in eight days.

“That’s how we play at the moment,” he added. “Will there be changes? Yes, there will be changes for sure because it’s a very long and difficult season.

“We’re shooting a little less now, but the most important thing is that the players are performing and everyone is playing their part. We haven’t changed much in the last few games, but right now these things are changing and we all have to keep working together.”

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