Real made a draw with Atletico

Barca lead the standings on 34 points from 12 games, seven clear of Valencia who visit Espanyol on Sunday, while Real are third on 24, level on points with Atletico in fourth.

The 32-year-old has found the net just once in eight games in La Liga, while he has scored eight goals in 14 matches across all competitions. Patience, this is the right way.

Atletico started out as the stronger of the two sides and should have taken the lead through Angel Correa, but Real Madrid gradually began to take control and had the best chance of the game after Cristiano Ronaldo's late shot was blocked by Lucas Hernandez. "As you would expect, Atletico and Real Madrid engaged in a dog fight".

Marca's rival publication AS described Benzema as a "ghost striker" for his lack of end product.

In defence, he brings commitment, intensity, and solidarity.

Follow the stars and start making more informed bets with StrataBet. Desperation is a helluva thing, and it could make for a fascinating match to watch. The 0-0 draw that ensued prompted Marca, the Madrid daily, to comment that "Barcelona had won the Madrid derby". Real Madrid captain tried to score a close-range goal with his head.

The Portuguese admitted Real lacked the same experience in a depleted squad this season after a first defeat in the Champions League group stages for five years at Tottenham Hotspur in their last European outing.

Luis Suarez had not scored in almost 500 minutes before he opened the scoring in Leganes' Butarque Stadium, taking advantage of a bad error from home keeper, Ivan Cuellar.

In 31st minutes, Real got the chance for the chance for the first time.

Zidane has been a fierce defender of Benzema's role as a team player not just a goalscorer.

"Whether it was a handball or not, I was very far away from it, but it seemed to me that the ball touched [Ramos'] nose", Marcelo said after the game. What's interesting is both the clubs have failed due to similar problems.

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge is currently writing "Come and get me" on a Post-it note and will stick it on his head in January. Their cup euphoria was short-lived though, as Atletico lost by the same margin to Barcelona in the next round.

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