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Benzema talks following his Chelsea hattrick: “I know I’m a Real Madrid legend”

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To say that Karim Benzema is single-handedly deciding Real Madrid’s season would not be unjustified. The Frenchman has been on a different level this season and continues going to higher peaks.

A second-half hat-trick from the forward helped Los Blancos pull off an incredible comeback against PSG in the Round of 16 of the Champions League.

Yet, Benzema did not stop there. He once again scored three goals past Chelsea yesterday to put his side in the driver’s seat in the quarterfinals.

Benzema spoke to L’Equipe after the game, and commented on his impact on the team and Cristiano Ronaldo amongst other topics.

When asked about his incredible performances for the club and what it means to him, Benzema said, “I know I’m a Real Madrid legend.”

Zinedine Zidane has been an integral part of Real Madrid, both as player and coach. It was under the French manager that Benzema took his game and numbers to the next level. “Zidane is family for me,” commented Benzema.

A lot has been said about how Benzema was subdued at the club by Cristiano Ronaldo. The popular opinion is that the striker could have many more goals to his name in the Portuguese international’s absence.

However, the Frenchman instantly rejected any such claims and reaped praise on his former teammate. Speaking about Ronaldo, he said, “People talk about how much I helped Cristiano, but he really helped me a lot too. He’s the player who gave me the most assists.”

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Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla

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Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.

Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.

Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.

Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla

As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.

Defence

Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.

In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.

On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.

Rudiger to return after a brief spell on the sidelines (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.

Midfield

Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.

Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.

Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.

Attack

As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.

Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.

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