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Karim Benzema and Vinicius react after Manchester City 4-3 Real Madrid



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The first leg of the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League at Etihad was a game to remember. Seven goals headlined the clash between Real Madrid and Manchester City, but it was finally the latter who emerged victorious.

Despite being in shambles defensively, the visitors showed a lot of character to pull back three goals on the night. They now face the daunting challenge of having to defeat Pep Guardiola’s side by at least a two-goal margin at the Bernabeu.

Karim Benzema scored the opening goal for Real Madrid before converting from the spot for his team’s third goal. Speaking to the media after the game, he highlighted the importance of the fans for next week’s must-win game.

“We will need our fans at the Bernabeu more than ever before.”

The 34-year-old missed two penalties in Real Madrid’s last game against Osasuna. However, he managed to convert from the spot last night at Etihad and said he retained confidence in his abilities.

“If you don’t take a penalty you will never miss it. I have a lot of confidence in myself.”

Speaking about his ambitions for the current season, he maintained that he placed the team over individual awards.

“Ballon d’Or? I want UCL and La Liga.”

Madrid have pulled off two unbelievable comebacks in the competition this season, and Benzema said that the team would never give up.

“We are very excited about this UCL and the important thing is that we never give up.”

Vinicus Jr scored the team’s second goal on the night, but expressed his disappointment at the result after the game.

“I can never be happy with a loss.”

Talking about his teammate Benzema and his imperious form, the Brazilian said,

“There are no words to describe how my brother Benzema plays. I hope he ends up winning La Liga, the Champions League and the Ballon d’Or.”

Source: Real Madrid TV

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  1. Shore chizema

    April 27, 2022 at 1:19 pm

    It’s always the right side where goals easily come from and it should be improved may be anothe rigt back and another left back are needed now that Antonio rudiger is coming the defence should be fine midfield we need that Monaco guy Touchmeine and upfront if not mbappe then get erling haaland

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Real Madrid have offered renewals to all players with expiring contracts except Mariano



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According to a report from Diario AS, Real Madrid had the intention to keep hold of all of the players whose contracts are expiring at the end of the season.

In line with this intention, Real Madrid had offered renewals to all the expiring players with the exception of Mariano Diaz. The fringe forward is set to leave Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season, with several La Liga clubs already interested in his services.

But as far as other players are concerned, they were all offered renewals, including Nacho Fernandez, Luka Modric and Karim Benzema, among others.

Veteran trio Benzema, Modric and Toni Kroos have an oral agreement with the club and will continue at the Bernabeu until 2024. But it appears Nacho, Dani Ceballos and Marco Asensio are the only ones who are considering leaving the club in the coming summer.

Nacho has been one of the longest-serving players in the Real Madrid team. Although his close-aids have suggested him to stay at the club, he is strongly considering a move elsewhere. He wants to experience a new adventure in a foreign country.

Ceballos is another player unlikely to remain at the Bernabeu. The potential arrival of Jude Bellingham, coupled with the presence of various midfield stalwarts in the team should greatly affect his game-time.

Asensio, meanwhile, looks likely to leave as well. The Spaniard wanted a more prominent role in the first team but that is not a possibility at the moment. He will, therefore, see out his contract at Real Madrid until the end of the season before becoming a free agent.

The potential exit of Nacho, Asensio and Ceballos could serve as a major blow for Real Madrid and could force the club to search the market for more reinforcements in the coming summer.

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