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Feb 21, 2018 at 5.45pm UK at ​Estadio Municipal de Butarque (Leganés)
Attendance: 11,423
Leganes
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Real Madrid
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Vazquez (11'), Casemiro (29'), Ramos (90' pen.)

Zinedine Zidane: Marco Asensio, Lucas Vazquez "important" players

Zidane: Asensio, Vazquez
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Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane suggests that the performances produced by Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez against Leganes highlights the strength of his 25-man squad.

Zinedine Zidane has talked up the 'importance' of Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez after giving the attacking pair a chance to shine in Real Madrid's victory against Leganes.

In the absence of the rested Cristiano Ronaldo and benched Gareth Bale, Vazquez found the net for the third time this season as Los Blancos claimed a 3-1 win in Madrid.

Vazquez, who also bagged an assist, has now started eight times in La Liga this term, while teammate Asensio has been used 12 times from the off.

Asked about the performances of the duo, Zidane told reporters at his post-match presser: "I think they have always been important for me. I'm glad for Lucas because he deserved [the goal].

"He fought before the game. He was not well, he played a great game like Asensio, everybody in general, and [Mateo] Kovacic. He has played a lot lately and he has done great.

"We want to continue. We have had complicated moments and we have to take advantage to continue. There are a group of 25 players here, they know it's difficult. What matters is that they are very good and they show that when they have to play."

Victory for Madrid lifted them up to third in the Spanish top flight, 14 points adrift of leaders Barcelona.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona1594241192231
2Sevilla1584327161128
3Atletico MadridAtletico1577121101128
4Real Madrid158252319426
5AlavesAlaves157351817124
6Levante156452725222
7Real Betis156451617-122
8Getafe155641612421
9GironaGirona155641717021
10Espanyol156361720-321
11Celta Vigo155552824420
12Real Valladolid155551315-220
13Real Sociedad155461818019
14EibarEibar155461923-419
15Valencia153931212018
16Leganes154561519-417
17Villarreal153571519-414
18Athletic Bilbao152851523-814
19Rayo Vallecano152491530-1510
20Huesca1514101230-187

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