"But I know that when we lose the press will be out, the knives will be out, that won't change".
The assist sent social media into delirium with many calling it the 'pass of the season.' Some also compared it to a similar skill from former Real Madrid midfielder Guti, who had fed Benzema with a similar ball against Deportivo La Coruna in 2010.
"I imagine this a person is, Karim's", the Frenchman instructed reporters immediately after the match.
With Espanyol about to make it to halftime with a clean sheet, Benzema cleverly unlocked the hosts' defense on Sunday.
Barcelona's dramatic draw at Celta Vigo on Saturday opened the door for Real Madrid to seize control of the La Liga title race but the magnitude of what was at stake looked to weigh on their shoulders. I'll retire before that, ' Zidane said ahead of Real's clash with Espanyol this tonight. His incredible backheel sent Madrid to top of the points table and also widen the gap in the standings making their La Liga title win nearly imminent with only six games to go. Madrid defender Dani Carvajal blocked a strike by Sergi Darder three minutes into the game when Wu found him with a low cross.More news: Cirque du Soleil files for creditor protection in Canada
"Today the second played against the last. I already know how he plays and I ask for the ball into space, then he pulls off that incredible back-heel and the goal is his".
"The goal belongs to Karim". This year we're among the teams who have conceded the least goals in Europe and we've got the quality up top, so we know we're going to score goals.
Before that, he had been coaching the Team B in 2014 many years after retiring as a player after eight years as a Madridista.
Coach Albert Celades, who has had run-ins with players recently, said he did not fear for his job despite the bad run of results.
Moreno added a second goal just before halftime off a brilliant pass from Santi Cazorla in an impressive team move.More news: Polish president attacks LGBT rights as he heads to runoff
With six rounds of matches to go, Espanyol are rooted to the bottom of the table and are now ten points from safety, reports Xinhua news agency.
Levante bounced back to winning ways with a comfortable 4-2 home win against mid-table rivals Real Betis.
Eibar's 2-1 win at Granada moved the Basque Country club further away from the drop zone and the trio of clubs staring at relegation.
Having previously starred as a player for the club, Zidane has become one of Los Blancos' most successful managers in recent years, having guided the club to three UEFA Champions League, two FIFA Club World Cups and one LaLiga crown during his first stint at the helm.More news: New, free Windows 10 tool from Microsoft could prove to be invaluable