Benzema Explains What Real Madrid Must Do In The Second Leg Against Chelsea. Karim Benzema has talked before about his team’s crucial UEFA Champions League quarterfinals second-leg match against Chelsea at the Santiago Bernabeu. After defeating the Blues 3-1 in the first leg at Stamford Bridge last Wednesday, the La Liga leaders are in control.
After a dazzling hat-trick against PSG in the R16, he backed it up with another spellbinding hat-trick against Chelsea. Before the second leg on Tuesday night, the Frenchman has pushed his team to prove that they are serious about winning.
“The key is to play like in the first leg, get into the game, and play to win. Also, to show that we want to go to the semi-final.” He told Mundo Deportivo. Real Madrid thrashed Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, with Benzema appearing to be unplayable at moments.
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He scored two of the nicest headers you’re likely to see in this round during a commanding first half for the Spanish team. In the second half, the Frenchman completed his hat-trick by capitalizing on an Edouard Mendy error.
If Madrid wins at the Bernabeu, they will face either Premier League leaders Manchester City or cross-city rivals Atletico Madrid.
Manchester City presently leads that tie 1-0 and will go to the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in search of a place in the semi-finals.
Benzema will be seeking to add to his impressive trophy collection at Real Madrid, which includes four Champions League titles.
He is presently fourth all-time in Champions League scoring, with prospective Balon d’Or opponent Robert Lewandowski third.
Cristiano Ronaldo, his former Real Madrid colleague, is currently at the top of the charts. Former AS Roma striker Antonio Cassano, on the other hand, believes Benzema is to take credit for the Portuguese forward’s success.
“Cristiano Ronaldo has to pray in the morning and say, ‘Thank you, Benzema, that you played with me. Ronaldo scores and will always score, but he’s a different player; Benzema is a goalscoring center-forward. But he’s also Zidane; he’s a 9, he’s a ten and a nine and a half.” He said.