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Karim Benzema has urged Eden Hazard to “make another story” at Real Madrid, after the Belgian star impressed against Deportivo Alaves on Saturday.
Hazard scored himself and also set up the first of Benzema’s two goals as Madrid clinched a 4-1 win over LaLiga’s Alavés, relieving some of the pressure on Zinedine Zidane, who was absent from the touchline after test positive for COVID-19.
Madrid had lost their previous two games, to Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Super Cup before falling to Alcoyano in the Copa del Rey midweek.
Casemiro opened the scoring before Benzema scored on either side of Hazard’s third goal of the season in all competitions.
Hazard, who was signed from Chelsea in 2019, has struggled to recover from injury at Madrid, but appeared to be close to his best against Alavés.
The 30-year-old scored and assisted in a league game for the second time in the Madrid jersey, while only Benzema (four) made more attempts than Hazard’s two.
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With Hazard showing signs of a resurgence, Benzema, who has scored 10 league goals this season, wants his teammate to continue and make a name for himself in the Spanish capital.
“You always notice the depth of this team, I always want to help my teammates,” Benzema told Movistar.
Hazard I think he was a great player at Chelsea and now he has to make another story at Madrid. Okay, much better. He works hard and has played a good game. We need the best Hazard. ”
Madrid’s victory narrowed the gap, at least temporarily, with LaLiga leaders Atlético de Madrid, who host Valencia on Sunday.
The Whites are four points behind their rivals in the city, but six points behind Barcelona, which is also in action on Sunday.
“It was a good game, very good for confidence, we know that each game is very difficult, each rival makes it difficult for us,” said Benzema, who has already scored 10 goals in eight games against Alavés in LaLiga.
“Today everything came out, we all wanted to play, it was a very good game for us. That is worked every day, the goals, the crosses, the passes. We are on the right track after a difficult week for us. We always want to win. “