Real Madrid is hungry for LaLiga title

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The celebrations for Karim Benzema’s 95th-minute equalizer against Valencia showed that, although it only meant one extra point, it felt like a victory for the Real Madrid players.

It means that Los Blancos now go into El Clasico level on points with Barcelona and that they extend their unbeaten run stretching back to the loss to Real Mallorca on October 19.

It also shows that Zinedine Zidane has achieved the objective of prioritizing LaLiga Santander that he set in the summer.

The players, led by Benzema and Sergio Ramos, have taken on this mandate and they know the importance of this season’s LaLiga Santander title.

The reference is the 2016/17 season when Real Madrid registered a LaLiga Santander and Champions League double of the likes that hadn’t been seen at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu since the 1950s.

It’s a case of so far, so good for Zidane’s men this season, although they will rue not taking advantage of the absence of Lionel Messi in the opening weeks of the campaign.

No matter what happens in El Clasico on Wednesday, Real Madrid won’t come away from the Camp Nou with the league lost, which makes a difference from previous years.

“Either we wake up or we say goodbye to LaLiga Santander very soon,” was the message after the defeat to Mallorca.

The team has taken the message on board and, apart from draws with Real Betis, Paris Saint-Germain and Valencia, they’ve been pretty much faultless.

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