Casemiro returns to bring stability to Real title push

Javier Saviola Real Madrid

"We won at a hard place, we suffered a lot but at the same time with character", the Coach said after the game.

Goals from Karim Benzema and Casemiro fired Madrid to their third straight League win, although Zidane's decision to bring off Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric as part of a switch to a 4-4-2 formation at San Mames made for a tricky ending.

Real Madrid, who still have one game in hand, are now two points ahead of Barcelona at the top of La Liga table but will be looking to open tha gap on Saturday, as the Catalans won't play their corresponding fixture with Valencia until Sunday. We knew that picking up points here would be very hard.

Besides Madrid, the Real Madrid A380 is expected to fly to a majority of Emirates A380 destinations worldwide, giving Real Madrid fans around the world a chance to snap a picture of the aircraft as it makes its way around the globe. We know it will be one of the most demanding games that we have left.

"We worked this week, we had a lot of time to prepare for the game and it went well for us".

Casemiro scored what proved to be the victor for Zinedine Zidane's side at San Mames, putting them five points clear of their greatest rivals at the top of the standings.

Real thought they had taken an early lead through Ronaldo on nine minutes.

"I'm as driven to win LaLiga as the Champions League. That is how it has happened, we can not change it", the Real Madrid boss said before speaking about the special return of current Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti.

Aritz Aduriz had very temporarily equalised for Athletic Bilbao but their 13 game unbeaten home run has now come to an end.

"I haven't spoken to him at all".

They knew they would be tested by an Athletic side who had the second-best home record in the league and had not lost at home since being beaten by Barcelona in August. We did everything the boss said out on the pitch. "The key thing is not the design but the attitude and admiration", he said. They should otherwise have a full-strength team available. The knockout tie is 50/50, it has always been that way and especially so with this game.

Casemiro and Raul Garcia had to be separated in an altercation that involved nearly all of the outfield players at San Mames, and the referee was busy in the latter stages of the first period due to the ill-tempered nature of the contest. We're going to need all 24 [players].

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