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Clean sheet kings
Real Madrid have now kept a clean sheet in 22 out of their last 38 league games. That’s the first time since the 1961-1962 season that has happened. Especially after the restart have Real been absolutely marvelous at defending. Courtois has only conceded 6 goals in the 14 league games he has played after the restart, with an average of only 0.43 goals conceded per game.
Benzema spill the beans on how he signed for Real Madrid
Benzema told the tale in an interview. His friends and family had contacted the then Lyon player, and told him to come home immediately, when Benzema answered he does not have the time, they told him that Florentino was there and wanted to talk to him. Can you imagine? The president of the most prestigious club in the world at your home, and he wants to talk to you. Florentino had asked Benzema for his word to sign for Madrid, and Benzema had answered of course (and according to himself, that was basically what he said during the discussion. Nothing more). The rest is history.
ICYMI: A Reflection On Eden Hazard’s First Season At Real Madrid
Go and check out Hridyam Aroras article on Eden Hazards first season, and take a deep dive in to the subject. You can find the article here