Navas praises Ronaldo for Benzema gesture

Bale only featured for the last 14 minutes of Real's win against Leganes during the week

Benzema set up Ronaldo's opening goal against Alaves with a stylish backheel and the first thing Real's all-time top scorer did after finding the net was to point towards Benzema, appearing to ask the supporters to show him more respect.

He added another goal six minutes later with a superbly struck free kick that he sent low under the players in the defensive barrier when they jumped, anticipating he would try to shoot overhead.

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Benzema was also the catalyst for Real's second goal which came under a minute into the second half, with the Frenchman winning the ball back in midfield and tearing toward goal, slipping it into Bale's path for the Wales worldwide to slot it inside the near post.

Zidane's men have now taken 18 points from their last seven games, scoring 30 goals in the process, to turn up the heat on second-placed Atletico Madrid. A brace from Ronaldo and goals from Bale and Benzema saw the match through quite comfortably.

When asked if this meant that the trio of Ronaldo-Bale-Benzema was back to playing at its best, Zidane replied that it had never been missing.

Zidane brought Bale back into the starting XI after dropping him to the bench for the midweek victory over Leganes, but "BBC" were left frustrated for much of the first half. "The four in attack played very well".

Iago Aspas and Maxi Gomez, meanwhile, combined to condemn Eibar to back-to-back La Liga defeats as Celta Vigo eased themselves into seventh place in the table with a 2-0 win.

Real have also thrashed Real Sociedad 5-1 and Real Betis 5-3 within the last two weeks as well as beating Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) 3-1 in the first leg of their blockbuster Champions League last-16 tie, with their recent form contrasting with their limp start to the campaign. Only Messi and Suarez have outscored them. "We're really happy with his efforts and let's hope that this continues", the Spaniard said. "Now what we must do is keep going like this in the next game on Tuesday [at Espanyol]".

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