Real Madrid News: Carlo Ancelotti sang praises of Karim Benzema recently. The Italian tactician went on to claim that the Frenchman became a more complete player and a leader following Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure.
Los Blancos have a possibility of winning three titles this season. Carlo Ancelotti’s side won their 35th LaLiga title in spectacular fashion. To add to this, Madrid also won the Supercopa de España trophy in January.
Following the historic and breathtaking turnaround against Manchester City, Real Madrid have reached another UEFA Champions League final. They would be taking on familiar foes Liverpool to settle the issue on 28th May 2022.
Karim Benzema would arguably be the most important Real Madrid player in the game. Carlo Ancelotti has now made a bold claim about the Frenchman putting it in accordance with Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure in 2018.
Real Madrid News: What did Carlo Ancelotti say about Karim Benzema?
Real Madrid News: As per the Daily Mail, Carlo Ancelotti has made a bold claim about Karim Benzema. The Italian has claimed that the striker got better after the departure of the legendary Cristiano Ronaldo.
Carlo Ancelotti said, “I think Karim Benzema became a leader of the team when Ronaldo left because at that time he had more responsibility. Cristiano Ronaldo was a player that was scoring around 50 goals a season and without him, Madrid had more difficulties scoring goals.”
The Real Madrid manager would also add that Karim Benzema is not a striker but a “complete player”. He added the same for Luka Modric and claimed that the duo are the beacons of the club.
Carlo Ancelotti is certainly not a stranger to Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo’s partnership. The Italian was the Real Madrid manager between 2013 and 2015. Ancelotti also helped the club win the UEFA Champions League title in 2013/14.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored 450 goals in just 438 appearances for Real Madrid before leaving the club in 2018. The Portuguese icon has since played for Juventus before joining Manchester United last summer.
Karim Benzema on the other hand has become the focal point of Real Madrid’s attack since then. The Frenchman has scored 44 goals this season, 20 more than Cristiano Ronaldo’s tally at Manchester United. Nevertheless, both forwards shared a great bond in Madrid and have continued to do so since going different ways.
Benzema needs to step up for the UEFA Champions League Final vs Liverpool!
Real Madrid News: Karim Benzema has scored 15 goals in the UEFA Champions League this season. The Frenchman is his team’s biggest attacking threat as stated earlier. Hence he would need to step up against the formidable Liverpool defence.
Virgil Van Dijk, Andrew Robertson, Joel Matip, and Trent Alexander-Arnold form a formidable backline for Liverpool. Hence Karim Benzema would have to be at his best if he is to score past the Reds and help Real Madrid win their 14th UEFA Champions League title later this month.