Real Madrid win at San Mamés with a useful Hazard and a stellar Benzema. Meanwhile, Atlético lost in Granada with controversy and Barça is close to signing Ferrán Torres.
Hazard has a good game in San Mamés
The Belgian player played a great game against Athletic, reopening the debate about his ownership at Real Madrid.
Antonio Romero: “We cannot wait for Hazard from Chelsea. But if we wait for a supportive footballer who associates well and can give the football he has left, he can rejoin the team.”
Antón Meana: “Ancelotti is worth this Hazard. If he’s okay, he does a huge favor for his coach and he can rejoin the team.”
Pablo Pinto: “They do not trust Hazard to give him the project, but to sell him.”
Miguel Martín Talavera: “This current Hazard is a trap, because he signed Chelsea for a million. You cannot accept this Hazard as good.”
Jesús Gallego: “Something has changed in his head because he has ever been touched in his injured area and his attitude has not changed. He would not throw the bells flying, but there is hope.”
Javier Matallanas: “Hazard has to assume his role and leave plugged in as long as he leaves. It is good for the club and him to win the market in case he ends up leaving. If he continues to show this humility, it will be useful.”
Mario Torrejón: “The reality at the moment is that Madrid wants me to improve to sell it, unless there is an incredible change of level”.
San Mamés cheers Benzema
The mythical Spanish football stadium cheered the French forward after his double in Real Madrid’s victory against Athletic Bilbao.
Antonio Romero: “The ovation has been generalized and it was not easy to see it coming.”
“Discussing the level of Karim Benzema does not make sense. He does everything: attack, defend … He is the best footballer in Europe right now.”
Antón Meana: “It is one of the moments of the year. He is a special footballer and the fan who goes to the field every day recognizes it.”
Pablo Pinto: “Bale took a step back without Cristiano Ronaldo, and Benzema forwards. Despite this, he is not at the level of the best nine in the world: Lewandowski has scored 23 more goals this year.”
Jesús Gallego: “San Mamés applauded him when Athletic was losing, and that is because Benzema has some values around him that make his rivals recognize him.”
“He has undergone a metamorphosis that we would never have expected, picking up the witness of Cristiano Ronaldo. Despite the denial that they have done on the issue of the Ballon d’Or, his numbers are there; you can not put any but”.
Javier Matallanas: “Since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, his growth has been incredible. I think it’s very good that San Mamés recognizes him.”
Joao Félix, the best in the defeat of Atleti
The Portuguese player was the most brilliant of his team in his defeat against Granada, the fourth in a row for Simeone’s team.
Antón Meana: “Joao Félix is the best footballer that Atlético de Madrid has and he has demonstrated it.”
Pablo Pinto: “Joao has played the last four games and Atlético de Madrid have lost all four. You can’t say that Cholo won’t put him on.”
Miguel Martín Talavera: “Any accident that can happen to Atlético de Madrid, happens to him. Also, in defense some players are not giving the type, the bands are a sieve and anyone can score.”
Jesús Gallego: “Atlético is surprising us with how weak it is in many aspects. They have a very diffuse game; Simeone was previously capable of improving the team from the wing, but now it is not enough.”
Javier Matallanas: “Simeone has to give Joao Félix more minutes to gain confidence. For him, Joao is not the best because he is a substitute. Also, just as Atlético could lose these last four games, he could have won them as happened in the last few years. There is a flaw in methodology, the team does not know what it wants to be, it is not clear about the style of play. “
Koke complains about arbitration
The Atlético de Madrid captain commented that “inexplicable things” are happening with respect to the arbitrations his team receives.
Miguel Martín Talavera: “I think Koke has been harmed and has come out of the game hot, but he doesn’t go from there.”
Javier Matallanas: “It’s a captain’s speech, to go against everything and everyone.”
Iturralde González: “Koke’s analysis is very simple. The referee can be wrong for two or three days, but so much distance is not the referee’s fault. Despite this, canceling the goal goes against the referee’s feeling that Medina Cantalejo wants to convey” .
Ferrán Torres, close to Barça
Sique Rodríguez advanced in ‘Carrusel Deportivo’ the signing of the Spanish forward by FC Barcelona, being the second reinforcement of the club in this winter market.
Pablo Pinto: “Ferrán wants to leave because he has never been indisputable there, and City wants to make money for a signing like Haaland.”
Javier Matallanas: “Ferrán Torres’s salary is lower than is believed, and Barça can pay it because it continues to generate money despite its poor economic situation.”
Marcos López: “Ferrán brings a goal, but not all you need. Despite this, the problem is not that, but rather that Barça was able to sign him for half the money a couple of years ago and they ended up bringing Trincao.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.