Marco Asensio: 'Real Madrid are in a good moment'

Toni Kross backed manager Zinedine Zidane who has been facing criticism for Real Madrid’s disappointing run in the La Liga
Toni Kross backed manager Zinedine Zidane who has been facing criticism for Real Madrid’s disappointing run in the La Liga

20 February, 2018

Ronaldo scored again as Madrid overcame Real Betis 5-3 in LaLiga on Sunday.

He played all 90-plus minutes on Wednesday in the 3-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

"Players need to be playing football, particularly when they are at such an early stage in their careers, as it helps their development and growth as a player.", he told El Larguero.

Goals from Ronaldo, Marco Asensio (2), Ramos and Benzema gave Madrid all three points over Real Betis at the Benito Villamarin.

Spanish champions Madrid became the first side to score 6,000 LaLiga goals as they overturned a 2-1 half-time deficit in Andalusia.

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Real Betis pulled off one of the shock victories of the season when they faced off against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu back in September. "We have improved and we played fantastically well".

The forward trio, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, and Gareth Bale were suffering from poor form and injuries. "I don't think it is serious".

While they are firmly in control for a spot in the quarter-finals, the narrative domestically is a complete contrast with Los Blancos cut well adrift of leaders Barcelona in fourth. "We are getting close to the end of the season, all the games for us are very important, and to see all the players doing very well makes me happy". The 33-year old has already scored seven times in the second-half of the Spanish top tier and has netted five times in the last two games in all competitions, including a hat-trick in the win over Real Sociedad last weekend.

He had to be hurried along as he took off his tracksuit before eventually coming on in the second half, and then ignored skipper Sergio Ramos' call to join the rest of the Real team in applauding the fans in the centre circle. And Asensio has praised Zidane for inspiring the comeback. "You've got to recognise the job that Marco did and the same goes for Lucas Vázquez, who performed very well on the other flank". The 22-year-old's figures show that he's above the status that coach Zinedine Zidane is now granting him: he's the team's third-top scorer, their sixth-highest assist-provider. and yet only the 13th most-used member of the squad.

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