Casemiro stated Real Madrid consider they can win La Liga after his objective earned a 1-0 win at Real Valladolid that narrowed the hole with leaders Atletico Madrid to only three factors on Saturday.
The outcome — Madrid’s fourth win in a row — got here after title favourites Atletico have been beaten 2-0 by Levante earlier on Saturday for his or her first residence La Liga defeat since December 2019.
“It’s not just because Atletico Madrid lost. We believe [we can win] the league,” Casemiro stated. “I think there are still 42 points left, that’s a lot of points. We know there’s a lot of league left. We know it’s difficult, but we believe in the league.”
Madrid needed to battle for the victory, with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois making a sequence of saves earlier than Casemiro scored with a header from Toni Kroos‘ supply having missed two earlier probabilities.
“We’ve had a lot of absentees with injuries and that’s complicated,” Casemiro stated. “But today’s win is down to the whole team, everyone’s hard work. Thibaut with his saves… They don’t surprise me, he’s a great keeper, but we should talk about everyone’s work.”
“We knew today was a key game to put pressure on Atleti,” Courtois added. “We play them soon and all we can do is keep doing our own thing, winning games. Who wins La Liga won’t be decided until May. We have to keep pushing.”
Madrid’s prolonged harm checklist presently options 9 first-workforce gamers together with prime scorer Karim Benzema, who’s a doubt for Wednesday’s Champions League spherical-of-16 first leg with Atalanta.
Coach Zinedine Zidane — who got here below strain final month after three defeats in 4 video games, together with being knocked out of the Spanish Supercopa and the Copa del Rey — stated Benzema would bear a scan on Sunday to find out his availability.
“We’ll see tomorrow,” he stated. “We can’t take any risks, there are a lot of games left. If he can’t be with us, we won’t risk him.”