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Ex-Real Madrid ace claims Benzema is ‘more complete’ than Lewandowski ahead of El Clasico

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Barcelona and Real Madrid are set to square off against each other in the first El Clasico of the 2022/23 season this weekend.

Leading up to the game, the two arch-rivals are neck-to-neck in the La Liga title race, with the Catalans occupying the top spot in the table, just above the Merengues due to a better goal difference.

With the top spot at stake, all eyes will be on the ace goalscorers of the two teams – Karim Benzema and Robert Lewandowski.

Benzema won the Golden Boot in La Liga last season but has made a rather slow start to the ongoing campaign. Meanwhile, Lewandowski has emerged as a top contender for the Pichichi after making a blazing start to life as a Barcelona player.

Despite Lewandowski being well ahead of Benzema this season, former Real Madrid star Carlos Alonso ‘Santillana’ has claimed that the Frenchman is a much more complete forward than his Polish counterpart.

Speaking at an event (h/t MARCA), Santillana said: “As a fan, it’s a delight to see both of them on the pitch, although there are important differences. 

“I think Benzema is more complete, he plays in different areas of the pitch, he supports his teammates, he makes the team play better and he scores a lot of goals up front without Cristiano.”

“Lewandowski is more of a boxer. A scorer who only has the goal and scoring goals in his mind. Benzema does not need to score goals to play well, but Lewandowski is more of a scorer,” he added.

Another former Real Madrid ace and current Castilla manager, Raul Gonzalez, recently hailed Benzema and Lewandowski as two of the best strikers in the game currently.

It will certainly be an interesting battle when the two superstars lock horns on Sunday at the Santiago Bernabeu. Who among Lewandowski and Benzema has a better day in the office could decide the outcome of the game.

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Ancelotti devises plan to prepare Real Madrid defensive ace for Bayern Munich clash

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Eder Militao has charted a remarkable recovery to return from an ACL injury he suffered on the first day of the 2023/24 season.

The Brazilian international came back to action in late March, featuring for a couple of minutes against Athletic Club – the very team against whom he had sustained the injury.

Following that, the centre-back has also featured sparingly in games against Mallorca and Manchester City, although he is yet to start a game.

Ancelotti has plan for Militao

Now, AS reports that Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has devised a plan for Militao to be ready to go when the team face Bayern Munich later this month in the UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg.

Militao is expected to play an important role in the Champions League semi-finals. The coaching staff is counting on him to reinforce the team’s defensive capabilities.

The first phase of his reintegration into the dynamics of the competition, which was more psychological than physical, has already been completed.

Ancelotti has a plan for Militao. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Ancelotti, who has now drawn up a special plan to give him minutes in order to get him ready (physically) for the semi-finals.

First Militao will be used in the Clásico today, depending on how the game goes. Then against Real Sociedad next week, on this occasion, the Brazilian could even likely be a starter.

At centre-back or right-back

Militao will have options to play against Bayern Munich in the centre of defence, alongside Antonio Rudiger, but also at right-back, as Dani Carvajal will miss the game because he picked up his third yellow card of the season at the Etihad.

It will all depend on how the Brazilian performs in the two remaining games against Barça and Real Sociedad before the UCL semi-final first leg on 30 April.

For the second leg, on 8 May, at the Bernabeu, Militao will compete on equal terms with the rest of the back four. There will be one more game between the two contests, against Cadiz, for him to get minutes. That’s what Ancelotti is counting on with the Brazilian.

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