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Benzema wants to play every La Liga game to beat Lewandowski in the Pichichi Trophy race

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Not long ago, Robert Lewandowski seemed like the undisputed leader in the race for the Pichichi trophy, having racked up a series of goals since joining Barcelona.

However, the Pole has not had the best of starts to the year. The injury of Ousmane Dembele has clearly had an adverse effect on his performances, while the striker has also struggled with various fitness reasons, especially after the World Cup.

This has led to a dip in form for Lewandowski, who has netted only four goals since the turn of the year. His poor form in front of goal has allowed Karim Benzema to catch up, to an extent.

According to MARCA, the Real Madrid captain is keen on participating in Real Madrid’s remaining league matches despite the fixture pile-up, as he has scored 14 goals this season – only three behind Lewandowski.

Benzema has shown good form in 2023, scoring seven league goals while playing a crucial role in the club’s triumph over Chelsea and Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League.

The Frenchman, who had picked up a minor knock against Chelsea earlier this week, is fully fit and is now determined to keep up with Lewandowski in La Liga and eventually beat the Pole in the race for the Pichichi trophy.

Benzema was the recipient of the prestigious award last year, scoring 27 goals. His performances played a key role in helping Real Madrid secure the league title. It also helped him secure his first Ballon d’Or title last year.

However, it could prove to be difficult for Benzema to play regularly during the remainder of the campaign, as the Spanish giants have crucial games coming up in the Champions League and in Copa Del Rey, for which they would want to rest their captain in league matches.

Ancelotti hinted at the same during his press conference earlier today, when he said: “I told him, if I can take minutes off him, I’m going to do it so that he can have a rest, especially if he has a small problem.”

Benzema has already had multiple injury and fitness issues this season. Hence, it will be interesting to see whether or not the Frenchman will be able to keep up with his Barcelona counterpart in the race for La Liga’s top scorer award.

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash

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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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