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Real Madrid ‘optimistic’ about Karim Benzema after knee injury vs Celtic

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Real Madrid pulled off a second-half masterclass to outplay Celtic on Tuesday night and register a 3-0 win. The game had plenty of positive takeaways, but also brought some very bad news.

When Karim Benzema was substituted off at the half-hour mark, one knew that it could not be a sign of good things to come. The Frenchman had discomfort in his knee but nothing further was known about the prognosis.

According to reports from Mario Cortegana, there is optimism over Benzema’s knee injury but doctors insist that it is still too early to decide. A more accurate analysis of his fitness will be available after the tests are conducted today.

Benzema is undoubtedly one of Real Madrid’s most treasured players. The UEFA Player of the Year single-handedly led Los Blancos’ UCL campaign against all odds last season. His consistent goalscoring record also helped the team win the La Liga title.

The problem, however, is that the club have no direct replacement for the striker. Despite their best attempts to sign a new striker in the recently concluded transfer window, Real Madrid did not find the ideal candidate and pushed the operation to next summer.

When asked about Benzema’s situation after the clash yesterday, Ancelotti said:

“We don’t think Benzema has a big problem. It’s muscular. We have to wait for the tests tomorrow. Then we will know what Benzema has.”

For now, the manager will continue to trust Eden Hazard in the absence of his talisman. Moreover, one could expect Benzema to be rested against Mallorca out of precaution too.

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Lucas Vazquez talks following MVP performance vs Barcelona – ‘Speaks about our work’

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Of all players people would have expected to turn up for El Clasico today from Real Madrid, it was the backup right-back Lucaz Vazquez who delivered an absolute masterclass of a performance in their 3-2 win.

The Spaniard played Barcelona out of the park starting as the right-back, and ran circles around Joao Cancelo.

He won the penalty for the first goal, scored the equaliser in the 73rd minute, and then assisted Jude Bellingham’s winner in the 91st minute.

“Great night, like many others at the Santiago Bernabeu. We are very grateful to the fans, they created a spectacular atmosphere. We are where want to be, six points away from winning the league,” Vazquez said, as quoted by MARCA.

Coming off an exhausting 120 minutes vs Manchester City in the Champions League, not many would have expected the shift Madrid put in tonight, especially after trailing on two occasions.

“The team, despite the great effort in Manchester, showed their face again. We once again played a great game, and we did everything in our power to achieve this win that gives us the advantage in the league,” Vazquez commented on it.

Now 11 points clear off Barcelona, Madrid can almost sniff La Liga out, and according to Vazquez, it reflects their work well.

“I think this difference speaks well about our work. We had a very good season in La Liga, and we are on the right track.”

As for his own performance, the Spaniard was modest, and said, “I am very happy to be able to help the team. A lot of things went well today, and that is important for everyone”

He was asked two very important things, as well, including his possible inclusion in the 2024 European Championship, to which he replied, “I would love for Luis de la Fuente to call me up for the Euros.”

And more importantly, he also spoke about the controversial penalty incident, but claimed that it was 100% a penalty. “I cut back and his leg caught me. It was a penalty.”

Real Madrid have five days off now before they travel to the Basque county to take on Real Sociedad in the league before travelling to the Allianz Arena to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals.

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