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Karim Benzema and the rest of Zinedine Zidane's squad face Alaves at the Bernabeu on Sunday

Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football writer who covers La Liga and the Spain national team for ESPN FC.

It may have been one of their worst performances in recent months, certainly their worst performance in a 3-0 win.

"But he is leaving the door open to all possibilities because he knows Real Madrid want to get rid of him".

However, in spite of the victory which nudged Real closer to their first league title since 2012, this was a far from vintage display by the European champions.

Real, who haven't lost at the Bernabeu in over a year, looked edgy but calmed the nerves with a second goal on 85 minutes. Real will then have an extra game in hand against Celta Vigo due to be played in May.

Aduriz is a striker who has matured with age, indeed only Real Madrid legends, Alfredo Di Stefano and Puskas have scored more goals after passing their 31st birthday. Alaves has proved himself with a very good side, and the best achievement of the club this season can be identified as an exit to the Cup final.

Bikandi initially pointed to the spot, only to realise one of his assistants had also raised his flag for offside against a Gijon player, giving Sevilla a let-off.

7 - Real Madrid have kept a clean sheet for the 1st time since Feb 18th 2017 vs Espanyol, Kiko Casilla's last match until today.

An own-goal by Raul Albentosa put Valencia 2-0 ahead before Jose Cancelo added a solo effort late. "Nearly all of them are friends and I can play cards with them but we know how this works". In order for them to win the league, they will have to win all the easy games and battle out the tough games.

Competitions, desperate pleas and relentless promotion failed to prevent Madrid from securing their position as the most popular sports team in the world.

Pic: Getty ImagesZinedine Zidane's side beat Alaves comfortably enough in the end, but will need to be better as Atletico, Barcelona and Bayern Munich lie in wait. "It's easy with these players".

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