Winner Saturday night of a new Club World Cup with Real Madrid thanks to a victory in the final against the Saudis of Al-Hilal (5-3), Karim Benzema has made some confidences about his position as center forward at the microphone of Telefoot.
Logically crowned Ballon d’Or last October, the French striker is having a more complicated 2022-23 season, in particular due to repeated physical glitches. Deprived of the World Cup at the last moment with the Blues, the Real Madrid striker has since said goodbye to the blue jersey to better focus on his end of career in the Spanish capital. Asked about the role of center forward, Benzema delivered his recipe for success. “The more you think about the game and you respect football, the more goals you will simply score”, he explained at the microphone of Telefoot before giving advice to the new generation. “If you only think about the goal, you just have to come across two good defenders and it’s over! As you don’t know how to play football: you don’t know how to play in one touch, you don’t know how to move, you only have the goal”.
Karim Benzema: “If you only think about the goal, you just have to come across two good defenders and it’s over! Since you don’t know how to play football: you don’t know how to play in one touch, you don’t know don’t move, you only have the goal” pic.twitter.com/La9Prhd2dj
— Telefoot (@telefoot_TF1) February 12, 2023
Ronaldo, Henry, references!
Then asked about the players who have influenced his career in some way by becoming role models, Benzema did not hesitate for long. “Thierry Henry is a legend! Even if I grew up with Ronaldo, after him for me, it’s Thierry Henry”, dropped the merengue striker. Since his professional debut, the 2022 Ballon d’Or has always cited the Brazilian as his main source of inspiration.
An insane calendar for Real
After playing in the Club World Cup, Real will have to refocus on La Liga. Relegated to eight points from FC Barcelona before the Blaugrana club’s trip to Villarreal this Sunday, the European champion has no other choice but to get plenty of points in the league in the coming weeks. Carlo Ancelotti’s players will host Elche on Wednesday night before heading to Osasuna next Saturday. Then will follow the round of 16 first leg of the Champions League in Liverpool on February 21 and then the derby against Atlético four days later.
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