Cristiano Ronaldo Criticises Real Madrid Fans for Booing Karim Benzema

Lynette Rowe
February 12, 2018

It was Atletico's eighth victory by a 1-0 margin in La Liga this season and put some pressure back on Barcelona, although they can again move nine points clear at the top by beating Getafe at the Camp Nou on Sunday.

Toni Kroos curled home the third from outside the area.

Alaves extended its turnaround under coach Abelardo Fernandez by winning at fifth-place Villarreal 2-1. Did we drop off in the second half?

"We have to correct certain things, especially in the second half, but I am left with the positive side, with the five goals and our start of the game".

The teams last played at the Bernabéu in 2015, in the Champions League group stages.

A certain Mohamed Salah has played the biggest role in that, becoming the quickest player to score 20 league goals for Liverpool since 1915 with his brilliant brace against Tottenham, and the Egyptian winger is now only one away from equalling the most left-footed goals in a single Premier League campaign - a record currently held by Reds legend Robbie Fowler.

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The Belgian tore Leicester apart with an unrivalled range of short and long passing and will take some catching in the contest for the Premier League's player of the year.

Benzema has managed just two goals in 16 La Liga appearances this season - and fans in the Bernabeu appear to have lost patience with him.

City has only 11 more matches to navigate en route to what would be its first championship since 2014 and also remains firmly in the hunt in the Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup.

All eyes will be on Virgil van Dijk as Liverpool seeks to take another step towards Champions League qualification against relegation-threatened Southampton this afternoon. "Everyone has played a lot of minutes, that's why we are where we are, because the team worked well".

Liverpool's recent raids of Southampton mean that there are a number of sub-plots in this fixture, but the main one from the hosts' side sees manager Mauricio Pellegrino come up against one of his former clubs.

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