Alaves 1-4 Real Madrid Bettoni filled in on bench at Mendizorroza
Zinedine Zidane watched his Real Madrid side pick Alaves off from the comfort of his own sofa on Saturday night.
The French coach wasn’t able to attend the match at Mendizorroza after testing positive for COVID-19 in the days beforehand.
His assistant, David Bettoni, instead took his place in the dugout and led Los Blancos to their first win in three games in all competitions.
Karim Benzema didn’t just score one brilliant goal in Vitoria but two. The first ended up in the top corner of Fernando Pacheco‘s net, while the second was placed out of the Alaves goalkeeper’s reach after a run from the halfway line.
Eden Hazard is here at last this season. The Belgian’s good performance was capped with a goal at the end of the first half. He ran onto Toni Kroos‘ pass, took the ball down exquisitely and finished past Pacheco with aplomb.
The outside of Luka Modric‘s right foot should be christened a world heritage site. The veteran midfielder put in another outstanding display, joining forces with Kroos and supplying Real Madrid‘s attackers with ammunition.
Kroos gave a lesson in directing the play at Mendizorroza. The match was played at his pace and two of Real Madrid‘s goals came from his passes, including an excellent through ball for Hazard to score.
Lucas Vazquez started his 20th consecutive game for Los Blancos in Vitoria, once again proving his versatility by filling in for Dani Carvajal at right-back. A professional in every sense of the word, the Spaniard is still key for Zidane.
Real Madrid spoiled Alaves‘ party somewhat, as the home side celebrated their 100th birthday at Mendizorroza on Saturday night.
Bettoni, who was the focus of the cameras for much of the evening, enjoyed a rather stress-free outing in charge of Real Madrid. Zidane was out of the firing line after losing to Athletic Club and Alcoyano and must’ve wondered why his team can’t always play like this as he watched from home.
Joselu always gives Real Madrid a headache. His header may only have been a consolation in the end, but that’s now five goals he’s scored against Los Blancos in his career.