Zinedine Zidane lauds Cristiano Ronaldo selflessness after Real Madrid crush Alaves

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said on Friday he is proud of his side for their resurgent recent form as they target a fifth consecutive victory in all competitions against Alaves on Saturday to continue their charge back up the La Liga table.

It was the team's third game in a row without a victory since Clarence Seedorf took over to try to keep the club in the first division.

The much-maligned Frenchman also had a hand in Madrid's second goal, teeing to Gareth Bale after Alaves lost the ball nearly directly from the kick off.

Ronaldo struck either side of Gareth Bale's strike 28 seconds into the second half, while Benzema recovered from an abject start to the match by assisting Los Blancos' first two goals.

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Real Madrid: Keylor Navas (7 out of 10), Dani Carvajal (7), Raphael Varane (7), Nacho Fernandez (6), Theo Hernandez (6), Lucas Vazquez (8), Casemiro (7), Mateo Kovacic (6), Gareth Bale (7), Karim Benzema (8), Cristiano Ronaldo (8).

As such, the head coach was keen to ensure Lucas received his share of the praise for a relentless offensive performance after half-time.

'He will always be important in the team and is in the process of getting himself right, ' Zidane explained.

Vazquez passed for Ronaldo to fire in his second goal, and Bale earned a penalty in the 89th that Benzema converted.

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"The most important thing is the atmosphere in the dressing room, we are very strong. We want to maintain this good run of form".

"That comes with recovering confidence, which is fundamental for a player".

"Their second goal was key, for sure", Abelardo told reporters. Benzema set up both Ronaldo's opener and a quick second goal by Bale to put the result beyond doubt seconds after halftime.

"We might have hard moments, but the players are the very top, the best there are", he explained in his post-match press conference.

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Madrid was without Sergio Ramos, serving a one-game suspension, and fellow starters Luka Modric, Marcelo and Toni Kroos due to injuries.

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