“Karim Benzema is going to be Ballon d’Or, and if not, I will have to speak with France Football”. This sentence of the famous Spanish journalist Tomas Roncero after the match, on the air of the SER padlock, sums up well what the people of Madrid are thinking at the moment. Author of an exceptional season, Karim Benzema once again carried his team last night against Manchester City, with a double that allowed Carlo Ancelotti’s men to believe in qualifying for the final.
“A horror… but Vini and Benzema are there”abstract brand, where we highlight his incredible efficiency and above all, his overflowing confidence, like his panenka from the penalty spot, a few days after missing two in La Liga against Osasuna. A trend that is confirmed game after game: this Real Madrid, far from being brilliant on the collective level, is a hit in La Liga and is doing well in Europe thanks to its individualities, with Karim Benzema at the top of the list. The miracle man of the Merengues, in short, and in Spain, the campaign for him to win the Ballon d’Or has already begun.
A difficult context
Against the Citizens, everything was not easy, far from it. Throughout the first half hour and until this good cross from Ferland Mendy which allowed him to shake the nets for the first time, the Frenchman had had a rather thankless role. Few balls touched, a lot of empty runs alongside unfit partners, and a lot of defensive work and pressing on the Mancunian defenders. Not the best conditions to shine therefore, and we especially saw a killer and lethal Benzema, rather than a playmaker Benzema.
Until the second half when, thanks to the awakening of Vinicius Junior and a slightly more influential Luka Modric in the game, the former OL player was able to get in touch with the ball a little more and combine a little with his partners. . As soon as he touched the ball in the last meters, you could feel, even through the television screen, the panic of the Mancunian defenders. With 14 goals in the Champions League this season, the native of Bron is undoubtedly the main architect of his team’s brilliant career, which could extend to the final in Paris in the event of a new masterclass from the Frenchman next week. ..