interviewKarim Benzema believes Real Madrid would score “double or maybe triple the number of goals” with Kylian Mbappé in their ranks. The vice-captain also reveals that Paris Saint-Germain would have already given up at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu if they conceded to make it 1-1. Benzema sees no favorites in the Champions League quarter-finals against Chelsea, and the 34-year-old criticizes the performance in the Clásico sharply.
Mbappe to Real Madrid? “I talk about that often”
MADRID. A lot of speculation continues. And in France, they give the impression that they are now desperately trying to convince themselves that Kylian Mbappé will not move to Real Madrid, but rather extend to Paris Saint-Germain. The radio station RMC is currently stating that the new deal with the Ligue 1 club will be announced in May. Another message that probably belongs solely to the realm of fables.
One of the many reasons the 23-year-old Frenchman had for a transfer to the Spanish capital, which he himself really wanted to do in August 2021 Karim Benzema. He gets on really well with his compatriot, both on and off the pitch. And he’s already imagining what it’s like when the two of you don’t just go hunting for goals together in the national team.
“I talk about that often”Benzema told the French sports newspaper L’ÉQUPIE about Mbappé’s expected arrival in Madrid. “I like playing with him for the national team and I would love to play with him at the club. I think we would score twice as many goals. Or maybe even triple! I get along well with Mbappé in the national team, we know what each other will do. For example, we both like dropping onto the left wing, but we’ll never both be there at the same time.”says the striker, who has been wearing Real’s jersey since 2009.
Karim Benzema: “I was most afraid of PSG”
Benzema also spoke about…
…his brief conversation with Mbappé in the Champions League round of 16 second leg between Real and Paris Saint-Germain: “It wasn’t anything special. I wished him a good game. Personally, I didn’t feel any particular pressure because of this duel. I just wanted my team to win as I was disappointed with the first leg. We were bad there, we were dominated the whole game and didn’t even attack.”
…PSG as opponents at the start of the knockout phase: “Manchester City always want to keep the ball in their own ranks but have not yet played against a team that attack from deep. Bayern score a lot of goals, but also concede a lot. So the team I feared the most was PSG.”
Karim Benzema reveals: PSG professionals gave up after 1-1
…the turn against Paris and his hat-trick: “When we scored the goal to make it 1-1 against PSG, they said among themselves that they lost. It was only 1:1. This often happens to them, they break down mentally. I feel like I could have scored more goals against PSG if I had tried. It felt like every shot went in.”
…his words in the dressing room as PSG led 1-0 in the second leg after winning 1-0 in the first leg: “Nothing has changed for us. We knew we had to score two goals anyway. During the break I spoke up and said to everyone: ‘Guys, we’re good. We conceded a goal but tried to attack. It’s normal, we have to attack. We just have to be careful with the counterattacks. Keep calm.'”
…the quarter-finals against Chelsea: “There is no favourite. Look at PSG vs Real: we were maybe the favorites in the first leg. And for the second leg, PSG became the ultra favorites. So it doesn’t mean anything. Chelsea have a very good team. We go there to get a good result.”
Benzema on Clásico: “Showed nothing, tried nothing”
…the 0:4 smack against FC Barcelona, in which he was injured: “Well, that happens. It depends on how you prepare your game. PSG lost against Monaco 0:3. It can happen to any big team. At the Clásico, I suffered from the stands. We had a good run and had everything to continue it. You can lose a game 4-0, but not like this. We didn’t show anything, tried nothing. We haven’t shown who we are. We let them play.”
…the steep development of Vinícius Júnior: “I didn’t teach Vinícius football. All I did with him was make him change his mind. Before that he had the idea of running over the opponent and then he thought: ‘Let’s see what I do.’ Today he does it knowing if he’s going to finish, slam the ball in, pull into the box… He’s the same player as last season. The only difference is that he’s now making the right decisions. He’s thinking. I taught him that.”
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Benzema: With Mbappé at Real “maybe triple the number of goals”
Karim Benzema believes Real Madrid would score “double or maybe triple the number of goals” with Kylian Mbappé in their ranks. The vice-captain also reveals that Paris Saint-Germain would have already given up at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu if they conceded to make it 1-1. Benzema sees no favorites in the Champions League quarter-finals against Chelsea, and the 34-year-old criticizes the performance in the Clásico sharply.