Karim Benzema has defined why he took a Panenka penalty in Real Madrid’s Champions League semi-final loss to Manchester City on Tuesday.
Benzema was incredible once more on the Etihad Stadium, serving to himself to a place in a 4-3 loss. His opening aim was an instinctive first-time end from a Ferland Mendy put up to 2-1, and he then lowered the deficit to at least one aim once more with an outrageous kick within the second half.
Speaking full-time, Benzema defined why he determined to present it a attempt.
“I always have in my head that if you do not take a punishment, you will never miss a punishment. It’s mental self-confidence and that’s all. I have a lot of self-confidence … so I do it and it turns out well, he explained.
Benzema’s support took him to 14 goals in this season’s Champions League and 41 goals in all competitions. His form has pushed Real to the top of La Liga and also helped his side advance in Europe despite some overwhelming team performances.
Vinicius Jr., who has formed a strong partnership with Benzema this season, was also full of praise for the Frenchman after the match, which tipped him to win the Ballon d’Or.
“There are not any phrases that may describe how Benzema performs. He deserves the Ballon d’Or,” he stated.
“I hope my brother Benzema finally ends up successful La Liga, the Champions League and the Ballon d’Or.”
For extra from Matt O’Connor-Simpson, comply with him on Twitter