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Real Madrid have concerns about key star’s fitness, but Ancelotti, Perez trust him fully

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After a hugely successful 2021/22 campaign during which he helped Real Madrid win the La Liga and UEFA Champions League trophies, Karim Benzema was expected to continue in the same vein of form this term as well.

The Real Madrid captain won his first-ever Ballon d’Or in 2022 giving further credence to claims that he was enjoying his best-ever run as a Real Madrid player.

However, the ongoing season has been a frustrating one for the Frenchman as he has constantly been bogged down by injuries and fitness woes.

Indeed, Benzema has missed more than ten matches this season already and is now a doubt for the upcoming game against RCD Espanyol due to discomfort.

According to a report from AS (h/t Madrid Xtra), Benzema has now suffered from discomfort on as many as eight occasions this season and it has led to concerns over his fitness at Real Madrid.

However, manager Carlo Ancelotti and club president Florentino Perez continue to trust the 35-year-old 100 percent and back him.

Ancelotti has never wavered in his faith in the French hitman despite his growing age.

In fact, only recently it was reported that the Italian tactician sees Benzema, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos as the backbone of this Real Madrid team even though they are in the final phase of their respective careers.

However, given the rising number of fitness issues, it would bode well for Real Madrid to bring in a new striker in the summer to provide cover and competition for Benzema for next season.

Alvaro Rodriguez has emerged as an option but is still lacking in experience at the highest level and it would thus make sense for Los Blancos to rope in a new No. 9 for next season.

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  1. Pat Grey

    March 8, 2023 at 10:23 pm

    The reality is that Benzema’s days as a strong and sharp striker and goal scorer are now behind him. Perez and Ancelotti were too foolish and stubborn not to have since gotten a replacement striker all this time. It seems too late for this season as RM is unable to score the goals and win games this season. Too bad for shortsightedness by RM coach and President. Truth be told, both ageing guys need to be replaced now to make way for fresh leadership.

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Real Madrid superstar drawing inspiration from win vs Barcelona ahead of Man City showdown

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Real Madrid players will be pumped up as they take on Manchester City on Wednesday, in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Real Madrid face a daunting task of beating Man City at the Etihad, after drawing 3-3 in the first leg. It must be noted that Los Blancos do not have a good record against Man City, losing twice in their last three meetings.

Vinicius Jr. pumped to defeat Man City

Despite the might of the opposition, confidence and optimism remain high in the Real Madrid camp, with Vinicius Jr., in particular, determined to defeat Man City, reports MARCA.

The Brazilian considers Man City as their main rival, especially given the way Real Madrid have performed against the English champions in recent years.

In the last three meetings between these two sides, Man City have won twice in 2020 and 2023, while Real Madrid secured a majestic victory in 2022.

Man City certainly have the home advantage heading into this fixture, but their might could be tested against a Real Madrid side keen on proving a point.

Vinicius determined to defeat Man City. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Vinicius takes Barça win as a reference

Vinicius Jr.’s hopes of defeating Man City and reaching the semifinal stage have been reinforced by the belief that the club can turn things around, just as they did against Barcelona last season.

Back in April 2023, Real Madrid and Barcelona locked horns in the semifinal of the Copa Del Rey. Real Madrid succumbed to a 0-1 defeat in the first leg and required a turnaround in the second leg at Camp Nou.

Sure enough, Real Madrid players stepped up to the plate and secured a majestic 4-0 victory to secure a place in the Copa Del Rey final. Vinicius and Karim Benzema, in particular, were the star performers for Los Blancos.

Although one would expect Man City to offer a much tougher fight, Vinicius remains confident of the club’s ability to stage a turnaround, as the two teams lock horns on Wednesday.

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