Ronaldo Double As Real Madrid Seal Fifth Straight Victory

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However, instead of taking the kick himself as would normally be the case, Ronaldo deferred responsibility to Benzema and the under-pressure Frenchman got the goal his performance deserved.

"None of us were surprised by Cristiano's gesture because we know what type of person he is", Navas said. "After the game he played, Karim just needed to score a goal". After there is this gesture of Cristiano for Karim.

"But at the moment we have more of the consistency that we want in our play, our focus".

"Hola, madridistas. We are very happy about this victory here at the Bernabéu with you guys".

It took a while for the defending champions to break Alaves' resistance though, with the in-form visitors showing the qualities which had seen them win four of their previous six games to escape the relegation zone.

"Confidence returns from playing these kinds of matches", Zidane added.

Chelsea are reluctant to let the Belgian leave without a fight, but they could allow him to depart should Asensio move in the opposite direction.

Zinedine Zidane insists Gareth Bale "will always be important" to Real Madrid, despite leaving him out of three of the last four matches.

Ronaldo has been having no such problems in front of goal, though, and the five-time Ballon d'Or victor wrapped up the points just after the hour mark. However, Zidane's side did not have to wait too long for a third goal as Vazquez set up Ronaldo, and he struck it home first time for his second of the game.

The 28-year-old has still scored nine goals this term, but he has struggled to make an impact in recent weeks and not been on the scoresheet in his last six appearances.

Madrid are 14 points adrift of league leaders Barcelona in La Liga, with their only hope of silverware this season being the Champions League.

Iago Aspas and Maxi Gomez, meanwhile, combined to condemn Eibar to back-to-back La Liga defeats as Celta Vigo eased themselves into seventh place in the table with a 2-0 win.