This time it was Karim Benzema offering the magical help, moderately than being on the top of it.
The Actual Madrid striker’s chic backheel — caught on the half-volley and steered via the legs of Espanyol defender Bernardo — discovered the onrushing Casemiro to attain the one objective in a tightly contested match.With Barcelona dropping factors for the second time in three video games, it may show to be the decisive second in La Liga’s title race as Actual moved two factors clear on the prime.
However relating to offering otherworldly assists, Bezema has discovered from the perfect within the enterprise.
In a match towards Deportivo La Coruña in 2010, Spanish maestro Guti — who was subsequently rumored to have eyes at the back of his head — arrange Benzema with a prescient backheel.
It’s extensively considered the best help of all time … however not anymore, at the least for Actual coach Zinedine Zidane.
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“I feel this one is, Karim’s,” the Frenchman informed reporters after the match. “It is the latest one. The great factor is it is a group transfer; Sergio together with his head, Karim’s management and backheel, after which Casemiro is aware of that Karim can invent one thing. It is a fantastic group objective.
“We all know Karim is a formidable participant and he exhibits it in each recreation. A participant improves on a regular basis and that is what’s occurring with Karim. He is at a superb age, at round 32 or 33 if you happen to take care of your self as he does, they’re your finest years of soccer.
“It does not shock me. He’s a participant who invents issues,” he informed AS. “After which Casemiro is there. It may be one of many performs of the championship.”
Benzema’ help drew reward from Guti himself, who tweeted: “Magic, buddy. Brutal.”
After the match, Casemiro insisted all credit score for his objective ought to go to Benzema.
“It could be a bit unfair to speak about my objective after what Karim did,” he informed reporters. “Now we have to congratulate him, it is a top-class backheel. Understanding Karim, it is regular. He has the standard of a No. 10, not a No. 9. It is an unbelievable backheel. It is Karim’s objective.”
Benzema — who now has seven assists and 17 objectives within the league this season — casually handed off the backheel as like some other help.
“That is soccer. This stuff come to me, I see soccer like that,” he informed Movistar. “I knew Casemiro was going to make the run behind me. He took it nicely.
“It was a superb play, however crucial factor is the objective afterwards, Casemiro will get it proper. We’re very blissful.”
With simply six video games to go in La Liga this season, it is benefit Actual Madrid. Up subsequent for Barcelona are the 2 most in kind groups — after Actual — since La Liga restarted, Atletico Madrid and Villarreal.
If Quique Setien’s stumbling facet fail to seek out its rhythm, the title race may quickly be over.