Real Madrid: the English press surrenders to Benzema and considers the Champions League tie almost settled | Chelsea | FOOTBALL-INTERNATIONAL

Captivated by the performance of the Frenchman and the ‘veterans’ of Ancelotti’s team. The British press surrenders this Thursday to Karim Benzemawhose treble against Chelsea put the tie “up hill” for the English team and leaves Real Madrid with one foot in the semifinals of the Champions League.

The first leg of the quarterfinals played last night in London turned the “shiny” French striker in the absolute protagonist for “knock down” to the current champion of the maximum continental competition, the newspaper “The Times” stands out in its headline.

This medium maintains that the resounding 1-3 ‘blue’ defeat will give way to debates about his physical and mental state, in reference to the problems that his still owner, the Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, is going through due to the sanctions imposed by the British government after the invasion of Ukraine.

However, the simplest analysis, and perhaps correct, is that Chelsea, “he was simply defeated” at Stamford Bridge due to the “exceptional movement“Of a”center forward master of the trade”, points out ‘The Times’.

Given the intensity and verve imposed by the chelseaparadigm of football played in the Premier, ‘The Guardian’ recalls that, “sometimes the old ones are the best”.

Criticized as too slow to handle the rhythm of modern football, this Real Madrid has turned back time and reminded the rest of Europe that there will always be a place in this sport for midfielders like Luka Modric and strikers as lethal as Karim Benzema”, exposes the chronicle of this header.

It does not matter, he says, that the Croatian is 36 years old and the Frenchman is 34. In the end, the Madrid smashed the chelsea with the also key contribution of Toni Kroos, 32, and his coach Carlo Ancelotti, a “veteran” in these matters who “cunningly” won the game over his colleague on the bench Thomas Tuchel.

For its part, ‘The Telegraph’ today focuses on the “defensive weakness” of the current champion of the ‘Champions’, confirmed after the 1-4 that Brentford endorsed him in the league last Saturday.

In this context, it advances that Benzema He will be “licking his lips” ahead of the second leg at the Santiago Bernabéu. The attacker, definitely out of the “sshadow of cristiano ronaldo” will try again to exploit the shortcomings of the ‘blues’.

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