In preparation for their semi-final first leg of the Champions League on Tuesday (9 p.m.), Manchester City quickly identified the main danger on the side of Real Madrid. The Citizens are obviously wary of Karim Benzema, whom they intend to keep an eye on.
Karim Benzema will be the main threat for the Citizens.
Before a meeting of this importance, a coach as picky as Pep Guardiola must have spent hours dissecting the strengths and weaknesses of Real Madrid.
The Manchester City manager was able to see and review the most beautiful moves of the Merengue, most of them orchestrated and / or concluded by Karim Benzema.
Benzema will be watched every moment
Just take a look at the course of the White House to see the dependence fully assumed after the hat-tricks of his striker against Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea in the previous rounds.
For this semi-final first leg of the Champions League, Guardiola therefore ordered his men to defend well on Benzema and not just on enemy attacks. We will try to defend well in the phases where we have to defend and also those where we have to create chances , announced the Mancunian coach. Suffice to say that the French will be watched at all times. In particular by the defensive midfielder Rodri who knows the Merengue well.
You see him play and you say to yourself: “Put…!”
I have faced him several times and you can see that he understands the game like no one else, commented the former Villarreal and Atletico Madrid player for the daily Sport. He makes his team better in all areas. And of course, he has scored some decisive goals this season. You see him play and you say to yourself: “Put…!” He makes his team feel comfortable with the ball. As Ancelotti says, he’s the perfect modern striker. We will be wary of him and the whole team.
We can guess the fear of Raheem Sterling’s teammates, aware that this amazing professional can shine with few situations. This is why Ilkay Gndogan recently considered him as the best striker with the Bavarian Robert Lewandowski. Better still, the midfielder of Manchester City designated Benzema as the favorite for the Ballon d’Or after having been underestimated for too long. KB9 will indeed be a credible contender, especially if he does it again on Tuesday (9 p.m.) at the Etihad Stadium.
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