Real Madrid consolidate first place with Alaves win

Posted April 03, 2017

Ahead of nine games in April, including huge clashes with Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, Zidane named a much changed XI.

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Zidane has chose to start Kroos as the deep midfielder alongside Isco and Luka Modric. The second half wasn't as good, especially regarding our possession of the ball.

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No player made more tackles or interceptions than Isco, who also took more touches than anyone else, while recording a pass-success rate of 92.9% - marginally better than that of Toni Kroos. Real Madrid suffered without Benzema leading the line, with the striker opening the scoring for the home side just after the half-hour mark.

The 25-year-old has scored 30 goals in 102 appearances for the La Liga giants since his move to the Bernabeu in 2014, but he has only played a bit-part role during the current campaign.

The Colombian worldwide has started just 7 La Liga games so far this campaign with the likes of Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Isco all ahead of him in the pecking order. The problem is that whoever comes off the bench, hasn't had a chance to warm up and so Carvajal did really well - as did Danilo on the left side.

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Alaves should have levelled straight after the restart when Deyverson latched on to Theo Hernandez's shot and headed over a super opportunity from close range after Casilla's claims he had been fouled by Manu Garcia prior to the chance were ignored. Subs - Romero 5, Santos 5, Katai 5. Was he rushed back too quickly?

Karim Benzema's goal against Alaves means Real Madrid's record goalscoring streak has reached 50 matches in all competitions. There will be no easy games for us to win.

Real Madrid last time the home scored less than 2 goals per game on October 2 a year ago.

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Barcelona's 4-1 victory at 10-man Granada left the defending champions two points behind Madrid, which won 3-0 at home against Alaves earlier in the day. Read about Real Madrid vs Alaves live streaming TV Channels, live score updates and lineups on this match.