Spanish newspaper AS has reported that Frenchman Karim Benzema, Real Madrid striker, is a headache for English clubs ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League showdown tonight on Wednesday.
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Tonight, at exactly 19:00 GMT, the Santiago Bernabéu stadium will host the upcoming match between Real Madrid and its guest Chelsea in the first leg of the European Champions League quarter-finals.
The official website of the newspaper “AS” published an article titled “God protect Karim Benzema” using the British national anthem, and the phrase “God save the king” was replaced with “God save Karim Benzema” as a metaphor for his constant superiority with Real Madrid over English teams.
A well-known Spanish newspaper pointed out that the French striker scored 19 goals and provided 3 assists in 26 matches against English teams, including 5 goals against Chelsea in 4 matches played by him in the Champions League.
According to the newspaper, Benzema scores a goal every 110 minutes against English clubs.
🤕 Benzema is a cabeza dolor for his English equipment: he chose 19 turns in 26 encuentros. Al Chelsea, cinco en cuatro with el Real Madrid. https://t.co/XT7baBzDDD
— Diario AS (@diarioas) April 12, 2023
The Real Madrid striker did not miss the opportunity to score against Chelsea at the Santiago Bernabeu, the stronghold of the royal team.
Chelsea have visited the Santiago Bernabéu twice before, the first in the first leg of the semi-final of the Europa League of the season (2020-2021), and it ended in a positive 1-1 draw, with Benzema scoring a goal against the Merengue.
As for the second visit, he was in the second leg of the quarter-finals of the championship of last season (2021-2022), which ended in a victory for Chelsea (3: 2), and the French striker scored the second goal for the “royal”. team.
Karim Benzema, 34, scored 16 goals in the Champions League play-offs Real Madrid won four times between 2014 and 2018, including in the 2018 final against Liverpool.