A sensational Karim Benzema second half hat-trick saw Real Madrid turn around a dead fixture and knock Paris-Saint Germain out of the UEFA Champions League.
Los Blancos seemed to be outplayed for the majority of the first half but came together as a completely different side after the break to put up a performance for the ages.
In the process of scoring his hat-trick, Benzema became Real Madrid’s third-highest goalscorer after Cristiano Ronaldo and Raul. The Frenchman commented on this feat after the game, as relayed by Fabrizio Romano.
“I’m proud to be third best goalscorer in Real Madrid history but I won’t stop, I want to score again and again,” he said.
He then spoke about the never say “never” mentality in the team and made a special mention to the fans at the Bernabeu.
“Real Madrid are still alive and we’ll never give up. We’ve to say thanks to Real Madrid fans, they were special tonight.”
Carlo Ancelotti’s men displayed phenomenal character in the second half and proved to the world why they were one of the favourites to win it all. Despite Kylian Mbappe’s clinical night in front of goal, PSG had no way back into the fixture.
What was most remarkable was Real Madrid’s ability to score twice in two minutes. It was a lethal display in front of goal, especially from the French striker.
Ancelotti’s side are now through to the last eight in the competition. Alongside Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Manchester City, they are one of the favourites to go all the way.
Real Madrid were offered Man City loanee in January, club decided against move – Romano
Joao Cancelo’s loan move to Bayern Munich from Manchester City in the final days of the January transfer window came as a huge shock.
The Portuguese international signed for the Bavarian giants on a loan deal until the end of the season with a non-mandatory purchase option worth €70 million.
But, according to Fabrizio Romano, before his move to Bayern Munich, Cancelo was also offered to Real Madrid, who decided against signing any player in the January transfer window.
The Manchester City loanee has been on Los Blancos’ radars in the past, but the club made it clear that they are uninterested in signing any new players during the winter window.
As things stand, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez are Carlo Ancelotti’s options at right-back, but there are concerns over their fitness and longevity.
But, as things stand, Real Madrid have no plans to sign a new right-back in the summer as they have full faith in both Carvajal and Vazquez.
Furthermore, Romano adds that the Merengues believe that they have a top right-back for the future in the form of Vinicius Tobias.
The teenage Brazilian joined the club in April last year from Shakhtar Donetsk on loan with a purchase option. He has been earning rave reviews for his performances for Real Madrid’s Castilla outfit under Raul Gonzalez.
So, there is a good chance that the Spanish and European champions will sign Tobias permanently.
All these factors seemingly compelled them against making a move for Cancelo when he was offered to the club last month. The Portuguese international has already made his debut for Bayern Munich and registered an assist on his debut.
Whether they decide to sign him permanently for €70 million in the summer remains to be seen. As for Real Madrid, though, there do not seem to be any imminent plans to reinforce the right-back position.