Real Madrid 2-0 Espanyol: 4 Talking Points
- Four Talking points from Real Madrid's 2-0 victory over Espanyol in LaLiga.
2. Karim Benzema continues with his fine run of form
A little over two years ago, many were questioning the importance of Karim Benzema to the Real Madrid squad after the Frenchman scored the rather meagre total of just five goals from 32 matches in LaLiga.
It was suggested that his time at the top was finished and that the club should find a new striker, with those calls getting louder when the main source of goals, Cristiano Ronaldo departed.
Those who opined that Benzema could not lead the line at the Bernabeu got the shock of their lives, as the 31-year-old turned out to be the club's standout player in the immediate aftermath of Ronaldo's sale, scoring 30 goals in all competitions to help Real Madrid save face in what was a disastrous campaign.
This season, the former Lyon man has continued from where he left off and after missing a gilt-edged chance midway through the second half, he made amends to put Real Madrid 2-0 up in the 77th minute.
The goal brought his tally this season to 11 goals and five assists from 14 matches, sending him top of the scorers' chart and with Zidane still very distrustful of Luka Jovic, Benzema is still Real Madrid's go-to man in front of goal.