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Sport Ferdinand hails 'complete striker' Benzema after superb goal for Real

03:55  28 april  2021
03:55  28 april  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

benzema, more and more dropped by the blue

 benzema, more and more dropped by the blue with on one side a karim benzema twirl and who undoubtedly lives one of the best periods of his career and the other an olive Giroud most often confined in A replacement role, the next confrontation between Real Madrid and Chelsea, in the semi-finals of the Champions League, will once again bring back the file of the absence of Benzema in the blues at the top of the battery. At least if he really left her ...

Real were level through Karim Benzema , however, when the Frenchman swivelled and fired home brilliantly. Eden Hazard was thrown on against his former club in the second half as the showdown ended in a 1-1 draw. Chelsea take a narrow advantage with them back to London after Christian Pulisic netted a fine solo goal against Real Madrid. Karim Benzema hauled Madrid back into the Champions League semi-final tie after swivelling and smashing high into the net. But the superb effort will mean nothing if Chelsea win the second leg or close out a goalless draw in order to reach the final.

The former Lyon striker believes Benzema has surpassed France legend Henry as a more accomplished all-round player, as he told L'Equipe: "I think he has largely the level of Thierry. "Thierry really impressed me because he was not only a fast player but he had the ball. Asked to assess Benzema 's latest season at the Bernabeu, Govou responded: "I'm not surprised. I always thought he was one of the best European strikers . "He had small difficulties at the start at Real because he had to win.

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Rio Ferdinand and Joe Cole heaped praise upon Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema after his goal against Chelsea on Tuesday saw him move joint-fourth on the list of all-time Champions League scorers.

Benzema's ruthless finish in the 29th minute of the game salvaged a drew for Real Madrid after Christian Pulisic claimed a vital away goal for Thomas Tuchel's men.

The strike saw Benzema take his all-time Champions League tally to 71, level with another Real hero in the legendary striker Raul.

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'If he [Benzema] is in the Chelsea team today they win today and at Stamford Bridge (in next week's second leg),' Ferdinand told BT Sport. 'Complete striker. He has got all the basic fundamentals down to a tee. He is a top technician.'

Karim Benzema 'struggling' with after-effects of James Milner's tackle

  Karim Benzema 'struggling' with after-effects of James Milner's tackle Benzema has struggled to shake off any discomfort after Liverpool midfielder Milner careered into his ankle during the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final clash at Anfield. Marca have claimed that, as a result of the slight setback and Madrid's hectic upcoming schedule, Benzema will need to sit out a game sooner rather than later. © Provided by Daily Mail Real Madrid ace Karim Benzema is struggling with the effects of a big tackle from James Milner Zinedine Zidane was seen on the touchline devilishly grinning after a thunderous tackle on Milner in midweek - but may not be as positive now.

[ Real ’s] goal was great. [ Benzema ] is a great striker . We have to beware next Wednesday.” Chelsea will go into the second leg at Stamford Bridge with an important edge thanks to Christian Pulisic’s away goal . They should have scored more, especially in the first half when they were far superior, but they were pegged back by a brilliant goal by Karim Benzema and did not push hard enough in the second half.

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Former Chelsea midfielder Cole was also left impressed by the Frenchman's display.


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'He [Benzema] has become a leader,' Cole said. 'He led the line. He was the bright spark in the first 30 minutes, the game was running away from them.

'It was an exquisite finish, on the turn - a top, top striker at the very best of his game. He celebrated to his mate (Sergio) Ramos (who was injured an watching from the stands).

'Chelsea need to keep him quiet in the second led because he is the difference maker.'

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The Frenchman, 33, has been at Real Madrid since 2009 when he joined from French side Lyon and has won four Champions League titles with the Spanish giants.

Benzema missed the check mark with Deschamps

 Benzema missed the check mark with Deschamps © provided by Sports.co.uk Since then, the Real attacker could not be explained with DD. for Jérôme Rothen, he is unfortunately too late to review Karim Benzema a day Integrate the France team from Didier Deschamps. "Karim Benzema wants to return to France team," he said. He is ready for six years. It's been six years old. It's a player who loves football too much.

Benzema narrowly missed out on the coveted Pichichi award, which is given to the league's top scorer, with Lionel Messi grabbing the prize for a record seventh time after scoring 25 goals for Barcelona. The Frenchman moved into fifth in the Madrid's all-time scoring rankings earlier in the season, and now has 248 strikes to his name from 512 appearances in total for the club. The former Lyon striker believes Benzema has surpassed France legend Henry as a more accomplished all-round player, as he told L'Equipe: "I think he has largely the level of Thierry.

Rio Ferdinand hails Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's improving Manchester United after win over Bournemouth but admits they need to sign 'THREE starters' to catch up with rivals Liverpool and Manchester City. Manchester United came from behind to beat Bournemouth 5-2 at Old Trafford. Manchester United's strikers are all in good form with Mason Greenwood scoring twice. He said: 'They've been in unbelievable form, going forward you've got every reason to be optimistic with this team.

His 71st Champions League goal not only moves his joint fourth on the all-time scorer list but he is also two strikes behind Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski, who has 73 goals to his name.

The runaway leaders are Barcelona's Lionel Messi on 120 and Benzema's former Real team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo, who leads the way with 134 goals.

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Rio Ferdinand: 'Lyon officials had to PULL Ferguson away from Benzema' .
The former Red Devils defender claims Sir Alex Ferguson was desperate to sign Karim Benzema for United before he joined Real Madrid - and Lyon officials had to pull the Scot away from him.The French striker has been a regular option for the LaLiga giants since moving from Lyon in 2009, scoring 227 goals in 12 seasons and guiding Los Blancos to 18 major trophies.

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