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Real Madrid withstand the pressure

Real Madrid withstand the pressure


After Barcelona's rout of Alaves earlier on Saturday, Real Madrid were under real pressure at the Estadio El Sadar, but they passed their test with flying colours and a 3-1 victory was just reward for a professional performance.
The Catalans had leapfrogged Los Blancos after an astonishing 6-0 win in the Basque Country and that could've weighed heavily on the minds of Zinedine Zidane's men.
However, despite the state of Osasuna's pitch Real withstood the pressure to put themselves back on top of the pile.
Should they win their two games in hand against Valencia and Celta Vigo, Zidane's men will all but have LaLiga sewn up.
After 12 days without playing, Real initially suffered and Osasuna had them against the ropes.
That may have had something to do with Zidane's insistence at playing the 3-5-2 formation because they looked a much better proposition when Danilo went off injured and the team reverted to a 4-4-2.
It was also their first win away from the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu since November 22nd.

They saw it coming

Nacho was clear when celebrating the victory.
He knew what it had cost and the pressure that the team was exposed to.
"I'm happy, we knew it was going to be a complicated match, but from the beginning you could see we were going for the three points and we have achieved it," he said.
"All that matters is the victory."
To echo that sentiment, Real's players celebrated with hugs as soon as they heard the final whistle, showing how much there was at stake.
Barcelona turned the screw and Real Madrid responded like a champion.

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