Zidane hails ´fundamental´ Navas as Madrid see off Sevilla

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Nacho was a surprise inclusion in the starting line-up as Zidane rested Marcelo, Casemiro, Karim Benzema and Luka Modric for Wednesday's rescheduled game at Celta, the latest demonstration of his confidence in a talent-packed squad which has been a key factor in his side's march towards the title.

"We know that we are going to have give everything until the end".

However, there were nervous moments around the Santiago Bernabeu when Stefan Jovetic brought Sevilla back into the game after Nacho's quickly taken free-kick and Ronaldo's 400th goal for Madrid had given the hosts' a 2-0 half-time lead.

"Navas has been - and still is - fundamental", Zidane said at a news conference.

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While the scoreline may suggest it was an easy win, Sevilla did make life hard for the home side and had Keylor Navas not been in such inspired form, the result may well have been different.

Toni Kroos then added gloss to the win as Real stayed level-pegging with leaders Barcelona at the top of LaLiga, the defending champions beating Las Palmas by the same scoreline.

This weekend's win saw Madrid move one step closer to the title, with four points from their last two games against Celta de Vigo and Malaga enough to dethrone Barcelona.

We still have the most hard yet to do - two games to play.

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The 32-year-old's tap-in from six yards was one of the easier of his goals but his second - a strike from a tricky angle just inside the box - matched the occasion.

Real's win keeps them on course for their first Spanish title since 2012 while the silver lining for Sevilla is that, despite the loss, they are now guaranteed to finish fourth after Villarreal were held by Deportivo La Coruna. It was a deserved victory, we started the game very well.

James appeared to wave goodbye to the Madrid fans after he was substituted, amidst reports he has agreed to join Manchester United this summer, but Zidane felt too much had been read into it.

Atletico pushed for a wining goal in the closing stages but were unable to bypass the Betis defence again, as they settled for a share of the spoils.

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"We have two games left and we'll try to continue as we are. It's something that a forward of midfielder would do, so for Nacho to do is makes me happy for him".

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