Real Madrid were facing elimination from the competition. And could have dropped into the Europa League if they were defeated at Stadio Alfredo Di Stefano.
Benzema surprises us all
After a scintillating in the Champions League clash between Real Madrid and Borussia Monchengladbach, Carlos Santillana praised Karim Benzema for scoring two goals in the match. Real Madrid were facing elimination from the competition. And could have dropped into the Europa League if they were defeated at Stadio Alfredo Di Stefano. Still, a first-half double from Benzema gave Los Blancos a 2-0 win and first place in Group B. “Benzema has already convinced us with his football,” Santillana told reporters. “With his play and his contribution to midfield. But now he plays from the front and enjoys the team’s play. He surprises us all. Convincing us to play with his team play, now also with his goals. He will give Real Madrid a lot of success and hopefully he will continue for many more years.”
Sergio Ramos also returned in the Real Madrid backline after injury and took the team to a clean sheet against Monchengladbach. “Physically, it’s not like it was in my time,” Santillana said. “When you were fired at 36 years old. Now if they are physically good, like Sergio or Cristiano Ronaldo, there is plenty of scopes to continue playing”. On Saturday, Real Madrid welcomes Atletico Madrid to Di Stefano, and Diego Simeone’s men are sitting at the top of LaLiga and are six points ahead of Los Blancos. “It will be a perfect match,” Santillana said. “Real Madrid cannot fail because Atlético would build a huge points gap. They are playing well this year, and it’s getting harder for Real Madrid and Barcelona, which makes me think it’ll be difficult to catch them.”