Karim Benzema praises Real Madrid response

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Karim Benzema has hailed Real Madrid’s spirit in coming from a goal down to beat Real Sociedad, but insists they must stop conceding early goals.

Real fell behind at the Bernabeu as Aritz Elustondo fired David Moyes’ side ahead in under a minute.

The world and European champions responded quickly with James Rodriguez equalising two minutes later, before Sergio Ramos put them ahead and Benzema’s brace wrapped up the points.

It is the second time in a row Carlo Ancelotti’s side has had to come from behind, having fought back from a goal down to beat Cordoba 2-1 last weekend.

Benzema says they must sharpen up at the back to ensure they stop the run of conceding early goals ahead of Wednesday’s league clash with Sevilla.

“I’m pleased with the goal, but more for the win,” the striker told reporters after the match. “We had to win because it was a tough game against a great team. But we were fine.

“We have to be careful conceding early goals, because it is not the first time, but at least we are reacting to them.

“With my second goal, I knew I hit it well but I did not know it would be quite that good! We have secured these three points and now we will prepare for Wednesday.”

Real Madrid are priced at 3.70 to win the Champions League this season and can be backed at 1.28 to beat Sevilla at the Bernabeu on February 4.

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