The striker scored and provided two assists, as Madrid did five straight wins in all competitions, beating Eibar 3-1 in LaLiga on Sunday.

Karim Benzema is on a different level

Karim Benzema is performing “on a different level” after helping Real Madrid to another victory, said Zinedine Zidane. The striker scored and provided two assists, as Madrid did five straight wins in all competitions, beating Eibar 3-1 in LaLiga on Sunday. It was the 30th time the Frenchman had scored and assisted in the same LaLiga game. Only Cristiano Ronaldo has done this more often for Madrid in the 21st century. Benzema’sZidane praised Benzema’s form as Real Madrid joined top-ranked Atlético Madrid on 29 points, although Diego Simeone’s side had two fewer games. “Benzema is the winner of the match because what he does is on a different level, not just because of the goals,” Zidane said at a press conference.

Zidane haven’t seen Ramos’ handball

“I always say the same about Karim. It’s not only his goals, and he is the focus of our game. He is critical to us, and when he scores, it’s even better, obviously, but he is essential to our team. We have to emphasize the performance of everyone. It was a great game today, and it was a great performance from both teams. It’s a well-deserved victory.” Benzema set up Luka Modric to make it 2-0 before Kike pulled a goal back for Eibar, who felt they should have had a late penalty for Sergio Ramos’ handball. Zidane refused to be drawn on the decision, with Madrid sealed in extra time his victory through Lucas Vasquez. “I have not seen the handball incident with Ramos. But the referee is the one who decides, “Zidane said.

“He knows what he’s doing, and I’m not going to talk about the referee. If he decided not to give a penalty, it’s because he didn’t think it was handball.” Real Madrid’s busy fixture race continues on Wednesday with a home clash against Granada. Zidane has hinted that he will be able to rotate his squad for the game, Madrid’s third in eight days. “This is how we play at the moment,” he added. “Will there be changes? Yes, there will be changes, for sure, because it is a very long and difficult season. We rotate a little less now, but the important thing is that the players are performing and everyone will play their part. We haven’t changed much in the last few matches, but at the moment that’s the way it is, these things are changing, and we should all continue to work together.”