Very few teams in the world are as dangerous as Real Madrid in counter-attack. The technical and athletic dominance of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale obviously plays a key role, but Real’s counter-attack would not be as effective without Karim Benzema. The French forward is often the playmaker in the “Merengues” counter-attacks, the point of reference who is given the ball after it is recovered. The most significant example of this is the match against Eibar, played without Cristiano Ronaldo and Bale.
In the thirteenth minute, Real recovered the ball to the left of their penalty area and had to take on Eibar’s pressing. At this point, Benzema approached to provide a way out and he received an extremely accurate high pass from Sergio Ramos.