Real Madrid send out French striker Karim Benzema to speak to the press in Milan ahead of tomorrow’s Group D Champions League clash vs Inter Milan. Benzema spoke about many things, including the team’s attacking pieces and defensive issues.
On the gradual improvement on his career
“There is no secret, it’s called day-to-day work. Every year I feel better because I take care of myself physically and mentally. I feel very good in the field because I work a lot”
Do Real Madrid now have ‘Benzema-dependencia’ like they used to with ‘Ronaldo-dependencia’?
“No! We are a great team. My job is to score goals, give assists ... But we are a team”
On the possibility of a Balon D’or
“It doesn’t take away my sleep, although it is a dream of all the players. What I want is to help the team and all the players want to win it and so do I.”
On Kylian Mbappe
“I have already spoken a lot about this boy, we know the quality he has. But we focuse on the game we have”
How does the Vinicius-Benzema-Hazard trio compared to Cristiano-Bale-Benzema?
“I don’t know if it can be equaled, because what we did (in the BBC days) was score goals and goals. It is a trident that will remain in the history of football. With Eden and Vinicius we try to be together, to win matches and then we’ll see what happens “
On last year’s incident between Benzema, Ferland Mendy, and Vinicius Jr vs Borussia
“What matters to me now is that Vini is very well on the pitch.”
“(Vinicius) is a young player who now has experience in this club. He is scoring goals, but he helps us with other things, such as speed. I have always been with him and I can help him more to succeed, great I believe in him, he is a top player “
On the bandage on his hand
“I did an operation, but I had to be away for two months. I wanted to be there and I hurt myself again. And now there is no time to stop.”
On Real Madrid’s defensive issues
“It is not a matter of forwards or defenders. It is a team thing. We are going to fix it in training. We can work more, but we have to score goals”
How much pressure to Real Madrid have to win the Champions League?
“For me, the Champions League is the highest competition and it is the one that has the most pressure. For me there is no favorite, in the field one thinks that one team is going to win and then another wins. We have a great team and we are going to fight for winning it. “