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coach Julen Lopetegui was pleased with his side's performance as they eased to a third LaLiga win of the season with a 4-1 victory over Leganes.

Gareth Bale set the ball rolling for the home side before Leganes drew level from the penalty spot, but Karim Benzema struck twice in the second half before Sergio Ramos completed the scoring, also with a penalty.

'We played well aside from a small spell in the first half,' Lopetegui told a post-match press conference. 'They were able to catch us by surprise and get the penalty, we were rushing things a bit.

Julen Lopetegui praised Karim Benzema as he scored a brace in the second-half to seal win

Julen Lopetegui praised Karim Benzema as he scored a brace in the second-half to seal win

'In the second half though, the team played well generally, with goals, chances and conceding very little to the opposition.

'We're getting to know each other better as time goes by and we're able to instil this collective attitude of attacking and defending as a team. The players are understanding what we ask of them very well and they have the ability to improve further.

'Now we'll lose a load of players to international duty, but training is a chance to keep growing every day. Ratings are best saved for the end of the season, I'll focus on the hunger and the passion this group has shown to work hard. They want to work and improve in every training session and we're thrilled with their attitude.'

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