Benzema has confidence to impress Mourinho
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is more comfortable with
himself, and he believes that will impress coach Jose Mourinho.
The France striker struggled to break into Mourinho’s squad at
the start of last season before emerging over the latter stages to
score 26 goals from 48 appearances.
”I feel more comfortable with myself and I’m working very hard
in training to ensure I have good games – that’s what the coach
wants from me and that’s what I’m trying to do,” said Benzema, who
has scored six goals in six preseason matches.
Benzema’s improved form is also being noticed by France coach
”He’s a (player) who’s understood that he didn’t do everything
he should have last year to be in the best condition. He hasn’t
made the same mistakes this year,” Blanc said Thursday of the
France striker, who has scored 12 goals in 33 games on
Blanc criticized Benzema’s excess weight – of two to three
kilograms – last September and said he had to improve his
”This year he hasn’t made that mistake,” Blanc said. ”He must
have told himself that it was very hard and taking a long time (to
settle at Real Madrid) and that maybe it worked against him in his
club. Everyone makes mistakes, the important thing is not to keep
making them, especially when you have a weight problem.”
Benzema and Argentina forward Gonzalo Higuain will share striker
duties with Madrid quiet in the transfer market after Emmanuel
Adebayor’s loan from Manchester City expired. Madrid has been in
the running for Brazil striker Neymar of Santos.
”That’s a decision that doesn’t matter to me, that’s not our
thing,” Benzema said of reports Madrid could still bring in
another striker. ”That comes down to the coach and the