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Images: Benzema spotted ‘masterminding’ the tie winning goal vs Chelsea with Vinicius Jr



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The script of the Champions League quarterfinals between Real Madrid and Chelsea will go down in history as one of the Champions League’s finest.

Traveling away to Stamford Bridge, Los Blancos secured a solid 3-1 lead over their London-based opponents last week. Real Madrid’s dominant performance in England made one believe that the game was buried and the result written in stone.

Yet, Thomas Tuchel’s side were on a mission at the Bernabeu. Heading into the second leg, the defending champions required at least three goals to secure a place in the semifinals.

For 75 minutes, Chelsea were the better team on the field. The English side pressed high, won balls, and created chance after chance against a poor Real Madrid defence. With fifteen minutes to go, they led 4-3 and seemed set to progress.

Luka Modric’s brilliance gave the hosts a second chance by taking the game to extra time. Then, Karim Benzema happened.

When Ancelotti’s side were in search of a winner in extra-time, the Frenchman combined sublimely with Vinicius Jr to get the better of Edouard Mendy. However, the goal was not an unexpected moment of brilliance but the execution of a well-thought-out pre-discussed plan.

Benzema and Vinicius were spotted discussing ideas before extra time as they looked for a winner. The Frenchman was gesturing player movements to the Brazilian on his palm, possibly explaining how he wanted the delivery for his header.

The striker’s movement for the eventual winner was sublime and a reminder of why he is currently the best player in the world. As Vinicius stormed down the right flank in the 94th minute, Benzema immediately spotted that his partner would have enough time to stall the play for a moment.

He instantly changed the direction of his run towards the open face of the goal at the far post. With no one marking his unexpected run, Benzema found himself in front of the goal and got onto the end of the Brazilian’s cross.

The two forwards have struck up an unstoppable partnership this season. The duo have 38 goals and 18 assists in the league between them, figures that several teams cannot boast of this season.

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Real Madrid chief scout surprised over summer signing’s lack of minutes



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Arda Guler was one of Real Madrid’s biggest bets last summer. The youngster joined from Fenerbahce for a fee of €20 million and was regarded as one of the best young talents in Europe.

Many expected Guler to follow the example of Jude Bellingham and become an instant hit at the Bernabeu.

Guler’s struggles at Real Madrid

However, with just one month remaining before the season comes to an end, it is fair to say that Guler has endured a tough season at the Bernabeu.

The Turkish international is yet to even muster 100 minutes of action this season. His progress was largely halted by injuries, but it must be noted that the player has been fit since the start of the year.

Yet, Guler has featured in only 31 minutes of league action, with a goal against Celta Vigo being his most notable contribution.

Looking for that one chance (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Juni Calafat surprised at Guler’s lack of gametime

In light of Guler’s struggles this season, a report from Rodra P (h/t Madrid Xtra) suggests Real Madrid’s chief scout, Juni Calafat, is surprised at Guler’s lack of opportunities this season.

Calafat, who was crucial in unearthing talents such as Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo and Federico Valverde, is one of the great supporters of Guler.

But he is surprised with the way Carlo Ancelotti has handled Guler, not giving him enough opportunities to impress.

In fact, Guler’s struggles this season have led many to conspire about his future. A loan move has been suggested and there are no shortage of suitors either.

Ancelotti, for his part, has maintained that Guler is getting better physically. It appears the Italian is practising caution with the youngster, especially given his injury-related struggles during the first half of the campaign.

Following Real Madrid’s win over Barcelona, though, Guler will be hoping for more frequent opportunities in the league, as Ancelotti keeps one eye on the Champions League.

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