CASEMIRO

Real mid­fielder en­gi­neers win over Bil­bao

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MADRID

“Casemiro has grown in a spec­tac­u­lar way. He works very hard and it’s a priv­i­lege to play with him for club and coun­try as he’s one of the best mid­field­ers in the world,” Real de­fender Marcelo told re­porters.

Zi­dane had rested Casemiro in two of Real’s last three league games. His im­por­tance was laid bare in the chaotic 3-3 draw against Las Pal­mas and the un­con­vinc­ing 2-1 win over Real Betis last week, and he gave them more re­silience when they needed it most against Ath­letic.

The Brazil­ian will miss next week’s game against Alaves through sus­pen­sion after pick­ing up a yel­low card in the first half and showed his hu­mil­ity by ex­press­ing his anx­i­ety about los­ing his place in the team.

“I didn’t think it was a yel­low card and I didn’t want to miss the Alaves game be­cause with the qual­ity we have, if you give an op­por­tu­nity to an­other player they can take your place in the team,” Casemiro said.

While there is plenty of com­pe­ti­tion be­tween creative play­ers, il­lus­trated by the fact both Isco and James Ro­driguez have started less than half Real’s league games, there is no other player in the squad who can do what Casemiro does, and he can ex­pect to slot right back into the start­ing 11 when he com­pletes his sus­pen­sion. Reuters

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Real Madrid’s Casemiro scores against Ath­letic Bil­bao on Satur­day.

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