PSG, Mbappé, the Blues… Benzema confesses!

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Karim Benzema is having an exceptional season with Real Madrid. The French striker is more than ever essential in his team, as shown by his 34 goals in all competitionsincluding the memorable hat-trick in the Champions League round of 16 second leg against Paris Saint-Germain. in the columns of The team, Karim Benzema discussed many topics. Little anthology.

The hat-trick against PSG

“Obviously I think about it a lot, I see the images scrolling… But it seems good to me, because it gives me more and more confidence. These are memories that stay with me and allow me to repeat this kind of performance. […] I think if he had tried to score again, he could have scored one or two more goals. When I see how I score the third I am so relaxed, I tell myself that I was at a time when everything I tried was going to fit. It’s rare, but sometimes it happens in a match to feel like that. I think in the last twenty minutes that were left, he could have done whatever he wanted. »


“With Mbappé we get along well because we know what the other is going to do. For example, we both like to go to the left, but we will never be both at the same time: the other will go in, or take the depth… Yes, and that’s the main thing for me. I accurately analyze everyone’s game to know where they will go in different situations. Yes, I say it often. I like to play with him in the national team and I would like to play with him in the club. I think we would score twice as many goals. Or maybe even triple! »

The Classic

“. El Clásico, from the stands, I had a bad time. We were in a good series and we had everything to continue. In fact, you can lose a game 4-0, don’t worry. But not like that. There we didn’t show anything, we didn’t try, we didn’t show who we were. We quit this game. It is not a shipwreck, it is a defeat that hurts because we wanted to continue. We analyzed it, we made a mistake in this game and they were better than us in all aspects, especially in the psychological aspect. »

the french team

“Already, for me, coming back after a little over five was an event. It is a really striking thing, because I had never given up. Then I won a trophy and that is very important to me. Now a World Cup is coming up and I have to try to do something big. Only after that we will see if I go down in history or not. But I don’t play football saying to myself: “I have to mark the history of the Blues”. I play for fun. »

The gold ball

“It’s a goal. Especially since last year I wasn’t very far away, but I hadn’t won a trophy. I’m having a very good season there. The Ballon d’Or is a motivation, but not only personal. I include the team. Because if I manage to lead my team to win trophies, there will inevitably be individual rewards. »

To sum up

Karim Benzema spoke at length in an interview with L’Équipe. The return of the French striker to Real Madrid’s classification against PSG in the Champions League and his relationship with Kylian Mbappé stands out.

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