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Real Madrid defeat Cadiz 3-0, return to the top of the table
Benzema remained on fire with two goals and an assist. This brings him to second in the Pichichi race at 21 and even with Raul for all time LaLiga opponents scored against at 35.
The current standings:
A familiar Brazilian face
Real Madrid legend Marcelo had a message for the fans after the match:
️ @MarceloM12 has a message for you #RMfans! "Hey everyone! I hope you're doing well! We played a great match today! We are very happy! We hope you enjoyed the match too. A big kiss for all. See you soon! Hala Madrid!"#HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/UMkXhI4aMN— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) April 21, 2021
Valverde cheered on Real Madrid from home
He seems to be well and hopefully recovers quickly. Click on the picture to see it in full.
| Fede Valverde cheering for the team from his home. pic.twitter.com/03Mo0zjMDp— Madrid Xtra. (@MadridXtra) April 22, 2021
Congratulations to Miguel Gutierrez for his first Los Blancos appearance
We have seen a number of quality products of the Real Madrid youth system this season — Park, Arribas, Blanco, and Chust, for example — and Guiterrez looked confident on the ball at left back.
Antonio Blanco lifted many spirits in midfield
Emily Wilson in her ratings was positive about his latest appearance:
Antonio Blanco — 7.5: I think many fans were asking themselves why Blanco hasn’t played in more senior matches this season. Handed a start after coming on as a sub against Getafe. Anticipated Cádiz’s movements very well and played the entire 90 minutes. Finished with 93% pass completion, one shot and one tackle.
We have to temper our expectations because he has not yet experienced the tests that LaLiga teams can throw at young midfielders, but the prospect is growing of Blanco as a first team player. Juan Ignacio G-Ochoa at Marca seems to have taken a liking to his game as well:
Antonio Blanco, what a player! Real Madrid may have stumbled across their next rising star. Blanco, who made his LaLiga debut against Getafe on Sunday, played from the start at the Estadio Ramon de Carranza. His performance was so good that you have to think he’ll be involved more often with the first team from next season.