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Real Madrid cruised to a 4-0 victory over Alaves at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo double and goals from Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema.

Gareth Bale is on the path back to securing a place in the Madrid lineup, as he gt himself just short of 15 minutes of action on Wednesday's league meeting.

Manager Zinédine Zidane chose to rest Cristiano Ronaldo and not starting Gareth Bale against Leganes but both players will likely start against Alaves.

Benzema converted a penalty in the 89th after Bale was fouled by Victor Larguardia in the area. "Bale, Cristiano, Karim, Lucas, everyone played well as a group". However, Madrid's regular penalty taker who was also on a hat-trick chose to hand over the duty to Karim Benzema who after all his efforts had yet to get on the score sheet.

On Real's recent return to form with four straight wins, Zidane added: "It is clear that we have character, personality and to score 26 goals in six games is very good".

"This shows he is a team player".

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However, Real's regular penalty-taker instead gave Benzema the chance to net for only the fourth time in La Liga this season and potentially ease some of the pressure on his head.

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. "I am happy for all of it - another four goals, a clean sheet, all that we did", Zidane said after the game.

And the Frenchman took full advantage by slotting into the left corner to earn him a goal his performance deserved.

Bale failed to punish a poor clearance from Navas' opposite number Fernando Pacheco at the other end, but Madrid led in the 44th minute. "Playing with a 4-4-2 with Bale on the left worked well because Alexis (Ruano) couldn't join in attack".

"We are at our best and we will try to get the three points", winger Ibai Gomez told the official Alaves website.

Real Madrid travel to face Espanyol in La Liga on Tuesday night, live on Sky Sports Football, with Alaves turning their attentions to hosting Levante on Thursday evening.


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