This time it was Karim Benzema giving the magical assist, as opposed to being on the finish of it.
The Real Madrid striker’s sublime backheel, got on the half-volley and steered through the legs of Espanyol defender Bernardo, found the onrushing Casemiro to score the main goal in a tightly challenged match. With Barcelona dropping points for the second time in three games, it could end up being the decisive second in La Liga’s title race as Real Madrid moved two points clear at the top. Be that as it may, with regards to giving otherworldly assists, Benzema has gained from the best in the business.
In a match against Deportivo La Coruña in 2010, Spanish maestro Guti, who was subsequently rumored to have eyes in the back of his head, set up Benzema with a prescient backheel. It is widely regarded as the greatest assist ever, be that as it may, not anymore, in any event for Real mentor Zinedine Zidane.
“I think this one is, Karim’s,” the Frenchman told reporters after the match. “It’s the latest one. The beneficial thing is it’s a group move; Sergio with his head, Karim’s control and backfoot, and afterward Casemiro realizes that Karim can develop something. It’s a delightful group goal. “We know Karim is an impressive player and he shows it in each game. A player improves constantly and that is what’s going on with Karim. He’s at a decent age, at around 32 or 33 in the event that you take care of yourself as he does, they’re your greatest long stretches of football.
“It doesn’t astound me. He is a player who creates things,” he told AS. “And afterward Casemiro is there. It tends to be one of the plays of the title.” Benzema’s assist drew acclaim from Guti himself, who tweeted: “Magic, companion. Fierce.” After the match, Casemiro demanded all credit for his goal ought to go to Benzema. “It would be somewhat out of line to discuss my goal after what Karim did,” he told reporters. “We need to compliment him, it’s a head class backheel. Knowing Karim, it’s typical. He has the nature of a No. 10, not a No. 9. It’s an incredible backheel. It’s Karim’s goal.”
Benzema – who currently has seven assists and 17 goals in the class this season, coolly made the backheel look like some other assist. “That is football. These things come to me, I see football like that,” he told Movistar. “I knew Casemiro was going to make the run behind me. He took it well. “It was a decent play, yet the most significant thing is the goal afterwards, Casemiro hits the nail on the head. We are extremely cheerful.”
With only six games to go in La Liga this season, it’s advantage Real Madrid. Up next for Barcelona are the two most in form groups – after Real – since La Liga restarted, Atletico Madrid and Villarreal. In the event that Quique Setien’s lurching side failed to discover its musicality, the title race could soon be finished.